There was no fond farewell for Ian McCall.
The emotion was saved for his return.
As he walked down the Firhill touchline after seeing his side lose 2-1 to Falkirk in April, those in attendance had little inkling that it would be the last time he would do so as Partick Thistle manager.
He stepped down just hours later after nearly four years as manager.
However, McCall was not away from what had become his second home for long.
He returned to see Thistle, by then under the stewardship of Jackie McNamara, end the season with a 3-0 win over Raith Rovers.
Jags midfielder David Rowson scored the final goal in the last minute of the game, just days after his father died.
McCall said: "I was fortunate enough that the directors invited me to the game on the last day of the season.
"I found it a very emotional day, especially with David's dad passing away and him scoring the goal.
"It was a great way to end the season. I had a chat with Jackie and Sid [Simon Donnelly] after the game and I hope they do well.
"I think in Ian Maxwell, Gerry Britton and Ian Cameron, they have three coaches who could turn out to be the best at what they do anywhere.
"The structure is all there for them."
McNamara, who will be assisted by Donnelly, had five games last term to familiarise himself with his new position and responsibilities, but the start of the Irn-Bru First Division campaign will bring a series of firsts and new exper- iences.
His squad is equally lacking in those with miles on the clock, but McCall is confident his former players have the nous to succeed.
"Jackie will have that hunger to want to do well in his first job," he said. "Thistle have a lot of good players and a lot of good young players.
"Jackie will know that he will need to be lucky with injuries, like every other manager in the league.
"But, if a couple of the younger players can come through, I can see Thistle having a great season.
"They have a really good squad that is cap-able of doing well in the First Division."