Just six months ago Ian Murray was considered one of bright young coaching talents of the Scottish game and now Andy Webster fears the former St Mirren manager may not find another job.
Murray, 34, was linked to a number of positions due to his excellent work in two and a half seasons with Dumbarton – including boyhood heroes Hibs at one point.
However, a traumatic time in Paisley which led to his dismissal last month with Saints third bottom of the Championship has damaged his reputation and Webster fears for the future.
The former Scotland centre back, who is enjoying life under new manager Alex Rae, said: “I really did feel for Ian. It was a horrible one and you really do wonder what the next port of call is for him.
“I’m sure he will look back on things and say ‘I wonder if I had done this or that’ but that’s the nature of the beast.
“It’s hard to know what will happen for him next and how he will find another job.
“It’s difficult enough as it is if you’re successful so it makes it even more difficult if you are not successful
“When you get older you look at things from a different perspective and I have been looking closer at the coaching and management side of things.
“I don’t think people fully appreciate how difficult a job it actually is.
“You can tell the players who have tried the most under a manager because they feel the worst when he is let go.
“Others just say ‘Oh, OK who’s coming in next?’.
“I remember when I was at Hearts and John McGlynn was sacked and there was one player bouncing about the changing room happy as Larry and I thought ‘this is not good’.
“That just tells you everything you need to know about people.”
Webster, who won the Scottish Cup with Dundee United in 2010 and then in Hearts’ famous 5-1 drubbing of Hibs in 20013. is relishing a clash with Partick Thistle on Friday night.
He says new boss Rae has used his personality to enliven the Saints squad and made some tactical changes which led a vital 1-0 win over rivals Morton last weekend.
He said: “I like the manager. He is an infectious, lively character and this week be brought in Davie Farrell as assistant so hopefully the club is heading in the right direction.”