The dust was settling at St Andrew’s on Monday after Birmingham City’s relegation from the Barclays Premier League but co-owner David Sullivan wasn’t about to let the peace return.
The club was left to reflect on what was a day of turmoil, despite the 4-1 victory over Blackburn Rovers, and Sullivan, who was picked out for some particularly nasty abuse from a section of the crowd at the end of the game, wasn’t holding out any olive branches.
Sullivan, whose sons David Junior and Jack were visibly upset by the reaction of a some of the supporters who chanted for the board to resign as relegation was confirmed, hit back at his terrace critics and picked out former manager Steve Bruce and his summer signings for a some particularly harsh words.
Straight after the game, Sullivan, who has been in charge since 1993, said he wanted nothing more to do with the club and pleaded for co-owner and chairman David Gold to buy his shares.
"It is a sad end to the season and the reaction from the crowd was awful," he said. "They want a change but tell me how we make a change because there isn’t a queue of people trying to buy the club.
"I don’t want to be here any longer. I don’t want to hear that and I don’t want my kids left in tears. I don’t want the abuse. I would like someone to buy my shares and perhaps David (Gold) will buy my shares. I would happily sell them to him. I am a willing seller and at this moment I would happily move on."
His vitriol was not contained to just the supporters as he later laid some of the blame for relegation at the feet of Bruce.
"Where we went wrong is we brought in eight or nine players last summer and spread the limited resources we had when we’d probably have been better just signing three players and going for better-quality players," Sullivan said.
"He (Bruce) thought he needed numbers - we went for numbers. So instead of going for quantity, we should have gone for quality some of those players have been incredibly disappointing.
"Franck Queudrue, I will name you one. We bought a third choice goalkeeper (Richard Kingson) - a complete waste of space. I could go right down the list and nobody has really shone out.
"We spent £2.25million on Franck Queudrue and he has been a major disappointment to the club. Most of what we signed last summer has been a disappointment. The bottom line is we didn’t improve the team last summer that is where it all started."
Current manager Alex McLeish has already begun his planning for the new Championship campaign and he remained a focused figure after relegation was confirmed.
However, the big question is who will he be working for after Gold also expressed a desire to stand down along with Sullivan, but he later gave a more measured view.
"I don’t want to be anywhere I am not wanted," a visibly shaken Gold said.
"If I am not wanted then I think I will probably resign. At this time I feel very depressed but I have been here before in my life in other areas and it is amazing how a couple of days on you can bounce back. Maybe that will be the case. Right now we are both disappointed and depressed, not so much at being relegated because that happens in life. There can only be one winner. We will have to see what happens."
Sullivan was less ambiguous and was adamant that his 15-year association with the club was at an end. He has always been outspoken and never pulled his punches. It is unlikely he will have a change of heart following his comments.
Without the man who employed her as managing director of the club in 1993, Karren Brady would also be likely to leave and she was linked last week to a possible move to a position with Arsenal.
There are also likely to be several departures from the playing staff and Cameron Jerome, who came off the bench to score twice against Rovers, said he would discuss his options with his agent in the summer after becoming frustrated with his lack of opportunities under McLeish.
More pressing for McLeish is the futures of goalkeeper Maik Taylor, midfielder Mehdi Nafti and striker Mikael Forssell who are all out of contract and available for free transfers.
Taylor has made it known that he would like to stay but Nafti has been less forthcoming while Forssell has given strong hints he may seek a new challenge, although McLeish is a fan and he may pick up the one year option for the Finland international.
"I am out of contract this summer but the club still have an option on me for a year," Forssell said on Sunday evening. "It is very difficult now, straight after being relegated, to talk about my future.
"It could have been my last game or I could stay here for longer. It is very difficult to think about these things.
"I have always tried to give 100 per cent to Birmingham."
As for players who will attract overtures from other clubs, Sebastian Larsson has enhanced his reputation and interest is expected in him, although the Sweden international midfielder said he would love to play for Blues again in the Premier League.
"Of course I want to play in the Premier League and there is nothing more I want to do but play in the Premier League for Birmingham City," he said. "I am so grateful to the club for giving me the opportunity to play first team football. I love it here and I haven’t thought about anything else. I have two years left on my contract and I am really happy here."
Fabrice Muamba is rumoured to be attracting attention from former boss Steve Bruce and Wigan Athletic, while James McFadden is a proven Premier League striker.
McLeish may wish to clear the decks and stamp his own authority on the squad but he is fully aware he must keep his best players if Blues are to bounce back immediately and he would have been heartened by Sullivan’s programme notes, written before he announced he wanted to leave, which stated the manager would get full backing and funding. It remains to be seen if that is still the case.