Paul Dickov says he owes a lot Oldham - but feels he had to resign as manager for his and the club's benefit.
The Scot vacated the Boundary Park hosteat last Sunday, after witnessing his side lose eight of their previous nine League One encounters and slip towards the relegation places.
Dickov saw three members of his Oldham coaching staff - Gerry Taggart, Paul Butler and Lee Duxbury - placed on gardening leave on New Year's Eve
And he told Soccer AM that situation, coupled with the team's poor run of results, eventually convinced him to depart the North-West outfit.
"I'm not going to slag off Oldham because they were fantastic for me for two and a half years as I learned the process of going from playing into management," said the 40-year-old. "They were the best thing that could have happened to me.
"When I lost my staff on New Year's Eve - there the view to maybe bringing in somebody a little bit more experienced alongside me - it might have been the right time to step aside then, but I stuck with it because one thing I'm not is a quitter.
"I wanted to make a success of the job, sign new players and make things better, but unfortunately results and bits and pieces off the pitch didn't go the way we wanted.
"So I decided last week that for the good of myself and to help the club get out of the mess they are in, I should step aside."
Dickov's greatest achievement at Oldham was possibly the FA Cup giantkilling of Liverpool at the back-end of January - a win that secured Athletic a fifth-round tie with other Merseyside heavyweight Everton.
The former Manchester City and Leicester striker says he will have a tinge of regret about not leading the Latics into battle against the Toffees next week - but says he hopes to be back managing another club in the not too distant future.
"I am desperate for Oldham to win as there are a lot of good people there, while the players worked hard for me every day in training and in games," added Dickov.
"I'll be a bit sad (that I am not managing) but at least I can relax and not have my blood pressure going through the roof. However, I've got to get into work soon because my wife (Jan) has got a to-do list for me every day!
"I do want to get back in as soon as I can, though, and make sure I do not make the same mistakes again."