Inverness Caledonian Thistle manager John Robertson received compassionate leave following family bereavement.
The longtime boss was already without number two Scott Kellacher due to a serious illness and will now spend some time away from the Scottish Championship club.
Managing Director Scot Gardiner said: “John has done an extraordinary job behind the scenes under the most difficult circumstances, especially following the serious illness that struck his assistant manager Scott Kellacher at the end of the year.
“While Scott continues to make good progress away from the club, John has now suffered grief under the saddest of circumstances.
“We believe that given these circumstances, it is better for him to take time away from the club to gather his strength. John is our friend and colleague and he is an exceptional coach.
“The president, board, players and staff all look forward to his return, but in the meantime all our thoughts are with him and the rest of his family.”
Inverness are eighth in the table and are set to face basement club Alloa on Tuesday after a 2-0 win at Ayr on Saturday.