Mort can leave Newcastle with head held high - but what next?
It doesn't happen very often in football.
But sometimes you have to give credit where credit is due.
And in the case of Chris Mort it would be more than warranted.
The Toon chairman will not leave St James's Park straight away with some other unfinished business still to come.
But before he is replaced by Derek Llambias, who is pretty much an unknown quantity on the football scene having worked previously at swanky London gambling club Fifty, fans can reflect on a chairman that was prepared to listen to his audience.
From a media point of view Mort was as approachable as they come - and he used several long sessions with the Press throughout the season to get the message of he and tycoon owner Mike Ashley across to the fans.
A regular at a lot of dinners and award nights in the sporting world on Tyneside, Mort also found time for the fans via regular meetings with the fanzine and website editors in Toon.
And then there was the Bigg Market...
Yes, that rendidtion of the Blaydon Races after the Sunderland game.
You don't get many chairmen doing that.
But after sorting out the club's serious debt, appointing Kevin Keegan and preserving the club's Premier League status after a rotten season, Newcastle at least have a first foot on the ladder back to the promised land that is European football.
The management team of Dennis Wise, Tony Jimenez and Jeff Vetere may have to be given time to see if they can support Kevin Keegan and his boot room successfully.
And the question remains, whose fault will it be if it doesn't go right?
The coaching boys in KK and Co or the executive staff who are about to help them deliver the future stars of the club?
Time will only tell.
But in the coming weeks, a new chairman will be put in place for the new campaign.