Scotland rugby union are now searching for a new chief executive. On Tuesday it was clear that times and opinions within Scottish rugby had changed.
His legacy is a much-improved Murrayfield, better business practice and a reduced level of debt.
But his mode of departure told of an actor who’s made one too many curtain calls.
Ex-Scotland international Iain Morrison is now a journalist and followed closely Gordon McKie’s time in charge of the game in Scotland. He believes that disaffection with the chief executive largely centres on his perceived lack of people skills.