Neale Cooper believes he made the right decision in resigning as Hartlepool manager, but admits he would do things differently in hindsight.
The 48-year-old quit the npower League One strugglers last week and Pools have yet to find a replacement to fill the void.
Cooper told the Hartlepool Mail: "It couldn't go on. I knew in my heart that it was the right decision. I didn't want to go on with a situation which wasn't going to improve - that would not have been fair on the club or the supporters."
He added: "I'd tried everything to improve things on the pitch but it wasn't happening. It was killing me and I knew in myself I'd lost my spark, it had been drained from me.
"I couldn't just sit there taking my wage and let things continue, I think too much of the club and the people of the town to do that. I made mistakes and there are a few things I would do differently in hindsight.
"But what I was seeing on the pitch just wasn't good enough - it really wasn't. I feel as if a few boys could have done a lot better for me and they know that. But they're a good bunch on the whole and I've spoken to a few of them since. I wish them all the best and there are a couple of lads in there who will go on to have top, top careers."