Craig Brown says he will happily step down as Aberdeen manager provided they bring in the right man to replace him.
The Dons boss has announced that he is set to end his time in management at the end of the season to take a different role at Pittodrie but he says he would be willing to get out of the manager's job now with Ross County's Derek Adams being heavily linked with the post.
"I would like the chance to see the season out, but if Aberdeen decide to make the change now then I'll happily step aside," he said.
"I may have pre-empted the chairman's decision about whether or not I was getting the chance to stay on as manager, but this was my decision to leave.
"I don't know if the chairman would have offered me an extended contract, but I feel this was the right thing for me and Aberdeen.
"There's a shelf-life for everyone and I think I am leaving a good team here for whoever takes over Aberdeen.
"I said I wanted to wait until the end of the season, but in fairness to Aberdeen, they need to get the next man lined up so we had to announce it now.
"I told the chairman on Monday that I was leaving, and if they are going for someone already in a job they need permission to do that and the word would get out."