Dublin's 22 point defeat to Tipperary marked a shambolic end to a reign fraught with fall-outs and failure.
The Boys in Blue lost by 6-26 to 1-19 at Semple Stadium on Saturday in their All Ireland Hurling Qualifier.
The defeat likely brings the curtain down on Ger Cunningham's three years at the helm. His term is up and he is unlikely to seek another from the powers that be at Parnell Park.
In that time there was little progress, an exodus of playing personal and his backroom after one year, public fall-outs with former players and players refusing to play under his stewardship.
When Cunningham got the top hurling job in the city he inherited a side who made undoubted progress under Anthony Daly.
In 2011 they won their first National Hurling League title since 1939, two years later they were celebrating a Leinster title.
They exited the All Ireland Championship at the semi-final stage in 2013 going down by 1-19 to 1-24 to Cork.
During Cunningham's three years with the team they only made one All-Ireland quarter-final appearance.
The lingering issues behind closed doors were apparent by the consistent departures from the panel, some were dropped others walked away.
Last November former Dubs defender Michael Carton outlined the issues in the set-up: “It was a toxic environment, there was no clarity.
“People weren’t getting on and it just wasn’t a nice place to be, it just wasn’t a nice atmosphere.
“You could see tension within the management team and that’s going to filter down the ranks.
“If players are seeing that there are going to be questions within the panel straight away and that’s the last thing you want.”
The tension in the management described by Carton was echoed by the actions of some of them, as Shay Boland, Gearoid Ó Riain and Ed Coughlan left after the first year.
Former manager Humphrey Kelleher believes the biggest drawback of the Cunningham era as he has left a job not many top managers would fancy taking:
“I don’t think there’ll be too many top managers wanting to come at the moment because they are in transition, if a new manager comes in he may garner all the players who haven’t been there in the last year or two.
“There are a number of managers out there who are involved at Dublin level, maybe they should be looked at.
History might be kind to Cunningham, his impact could be seen as favourable in the future, the Cork native has brought through a number of players who will likely line-out for their county for years to come.
In the short term he leaves a legacy of regression, failure, and tension. The issues off the pitch compounded with relegation from the top tier of the Allianz League, humiliating hammerings against Galway and Tipperary and a number of excellent servants to the small ball, perhaps discarded before their ‘best before’ date.