The aim was to get an insight into his team plans for the crunch Emirates Scottish Junior Cup clash against Pollok on Saturday.
But the planned line of questioning was deemed meaningless by Foxy's bombshell that he had just 10 minutes earlier contacted the Brig O' Lea club's president Graham Walker to resign.
He had always known he had a job on his hands to revive the Central First Division side's fortunes, but his slowly waning enthusiasm disappeared altogether when the sheer scale of the task was laid bare by the manner of last weekend's 3-2 league defeat by Shettleston.
He admitted: "Neilston are my hometown team and I'm very passionate about the club, so I was thoroughly embarrassed by a truly woeful first-half display that had us losing 3-0.
"Things improved a little second half, they really couldn't have got any worse. But in looking back over the game, it dawned on me that the current team is no better than the one I inherited when taking on the manager's job last season.
"I came away afterwards for a family break in Fort William and this gave me an opportunity to gather my thoughts. It made me realise it would be best to step aside and let someone fresh come in to try and lift the place.
"My reason for going at this juncture is all to do with wanting Neilston to get back into promotion reckoning as the two-week break before our next league game affords our club officials time to target a new man.
"My two assistants, Andy Whiteford and Davie Wilson, have said they will look after team matters in the interim, so I imagine they will be in the dugout at Newlandsfield.
"However, I'll only be there in the capacity of a Neilston supporter – if I go at all.
"Nothing would please me more than if they got a result against Pollok and it's certainly not beyond the capability of the players if they give their all on Saturday.
"My trip north has prevented me saying my goodbyes to the guys or our club officials who have been supportive of me during my time in charge, but if they can pull off a cup shock then I'll make it my duty to look them all up and shake their hands."
James Canning is yet another of the Brig O' Lea side's more experienced players set to be posted missing for the Southside showdown after recently walking out on his club because of a lack of starting appearances.
However, he may return under a new managerial appointment which cannot be discounted, with former Beith boss Johnny Miller and ex-Renfrew manager Mick Dunlop among a host of known managers currently without clubs.
Word from the Pollok camp has suspension ruling out top-scoring marksman Carlo Monti who was given a straight red against Arthurlie last weekend.
This opens the door for Willie Sawyers and Jamie Docherty to form a new attacking spearhead, while skipper Paul Lovering looks set to be restored to the heart of the Lok defence after a spasm in his back caused him to miss last week's 2-2 draw in Barrhead.
Home team manager John Richardson said of Fox's sudden departure last night: "No disrespect intended, however, there's nothing more dangerous than a wounded animal."