Chris Coleman understandably looked a broken figure after the Republic of Ireland defeated Wales on Monday night.
The 47-year-old took charge of Wales in testing circumstances in 2012, following the tragic death of Gary Speed in November 2011. After starting at a low base, Coleman helped create a young and vibrant team that reached Euro 2016.
Reaching their first major tournament since the 1958 World Cup, Wales surpassed all expectations reaching the semi-finals of Euro 2016. He also led the team into the top-ten of the World Rankings.
While Welsh football was consistently on a positive trajectory, Monday's loss will come as a major blow to Coleman and the team.
Speaking to BBC Radio 5 Live after the game, Coleman's former international teammate John Hartson, said he may step away from the job. His contract ends next summer.
I think it's a question only Chris will be able to answer. Personally, I think he'll walk away now. I don't think he will be short of offers. He's proved himself as the Wales manager and I think he's lined up for a big job if that's what Chris wants to do.
— BBC 5 Live Sport (@5liveSport) October 9, 2017
If the former Fulham and Coventry City manager does leave the Wales job, he will do so with countless positive memories.
Monday's loss with linger and hurt for a long time though.