Neil Watt resigned as manager of Ayr United stressing that Saturday's 4-1 defeat by Ross County was not behind his decision to leave.
Neil Watt's side lost three and drew one of their last four games
Watt was guarded about his reasons for departing, but it appears that he and the club had different views on how to improve the club's fortunes.
"They need to assess how they can best achieve their SPL ambitions," he said.
"It was a combination of issues that led me to believe that it was in Ayr's best interests to find a new manager."
But Watt, who will now concentrate on his property management business, did not wish to criticise the club.
And he stressed: "There's potential for exciting times at Ayr, with a new stadium on the way.
"As a club and a group of fans, they deserve better than the Second Division and I hope they can achieve their aims."
Watt, who had previously led Stranraer to promotion only to suffer immediate relegation, had been in charge of Ayr for just seven months.
Saturday's defeat, their third in four games, left Watt's side nine points adrift of league leaders County.
But Watt did not think that the promotion play-offs were beyond his team.
"I thought long and hard about this and, over a number of weeks, I have been considering my position," he said.
Ayr, who announced the resignation on Monday evening, have yet to announce their next move.