Craig Levein has confessed to "unbelievable guilt" over quitting Dundee United for the Scotland job. His December departure sparked a mini-crisis at Tannadice, with the club taking just one point from their next three matches.
But caretaker-manager got United's season back on course and they finished third in the SPL and have Saturday's Active Nation Scottish Cup to look forward to.
Levein told the Scottish Sun: "I felt unbelievable guilt when they had a little wobble. I'd left them and they were floundering a little bit.
"It's hard to explain how difficult it can be to halt things once they start to slide. They have come through it and I feel they deserve all the credit they get.
"Housty managed to calm himself down and get back to focusing on the football."
"Andy also had a massive influence at that time," he said.
"He had the benefit of having been through that scenario before as the same thing had happened when Andy was at Hearts and I left for Leicester halfway through a season.
"He spoke to the players and said they needed to get focused back on playing and doing what they are good at. It coincided with Housty really getting a grip on things again.
"The only thing that bothers me now is they have actually got better since I left and that's a bit annoying!"