He had become a focus of increasing anger after allegations that he'd led a police cover-up to to blame fans for the Hillsborough disaster.
Today came perhaps the inevitable. West Yorkshire's Chief Constable Sir Norman Bettison resigned - before the decision was taken out of his hands and into his bosses'.
But Sir Norman went down fighting - still denying that he did anything wrong in the aftermath of the tragedy 23 years ago, when he was a Chief Inspector with the South Yorkshire force.
Relatives of those who died say he should have gone long ago. David Hirst reports.
Read the Independent Police Complaints Commission statement following the resignation of Sir Norman Bettison
Read the full statement from West Yorkshire Police Authority about the resignation of Sir Norman Bettison.
Sir Norman Bettison resigns and says he never blamed Liverpool fans for the Hillsborough tragedy.