Harry Redknapp feels he would have been sacked even if Tottenham had qualified for the Champions League - but is not ready to retire just yet.
Spurs confirmed the 65-year-old's departure in the early hours of Thursday. The manager said he felt it was inevitable, regardless of Spurs losing out on Champions League football again despite finishing fourth in the Barclays Premier League, because of Chelsea's Champions League final triumph over Bayern Munich last month.
"We missed out on third place by one point in the end, but that is how it goes," Redknapp told the BBC. "I think the same outcome would have happened, the chairman would have gone down the same road. I had four great years at Spurs. All you can do is leave the club in a better state than you found it and I did that, for sure."
He added: "I abide by their decision and don't hold grudges. That is life, we all move on."
Former West Ham boss Redknapp is adamant Spurs will not be his last job in football and he could now be set for a move overseas, with a long-standing offer of a coaching role in Dubai said to be on the table.
"I don't think I am coming towards the end of my career - Sir Alex Ferguson is in his seventies and he is not coming to the end of his, he is still the best manager in the world," Redknapp said.
"I am still fit as a fiddle. I feel great. I don't feel any different. I love football. That is what keeps me going really. I love going into work with the players every day and that is what I will miss. I am not one for sitting at home. I would suit any job. It is just what happens in football. Who knows?"
However, Redknapp maintains the current group - which includes the likes of Gareth Bale and Luka Modric, both linked with moves away from White Hart Lane - can go on to bigger and better things.
He said: "I leave behind some fantastic players. The only disappointment I have is that I think it was a team which could have gone on and eventually won the Premier League in the next year or two. I just wish I could have been able to see that through and be part of that because they have some fantastic players there."
Everton manager David Moyes is the odds-on favourite to replace Redknapp, who transformed the fortunes of the north London club after taking charge in October 2008 and chairman Daniel Levy said in a statement the decision was one the board had not made lightly.