It is not one filled with honours, with five knee operations cutting his playing days short, but Brown is considered one of Scotland's best managers after leading the national team from 1993-2001.
With Derek McInnes set to take over the Pittodrie hotseat, Brown was looking to secure a coveted top-six spot for Aberdeen on Saturday as the league splits for the final phase of the season.
But a last-gasp winner from Ryan Boulding allowed hosts Dundee United to pip both the Dons and Kilmarnock to that spot, with Killie suffering defeat against Dundee.
"I'm very fortunate. I've lived the dream of every football fan," said Brown. "I've had a long time in the game and I'm very grateful for that.
"The biggest disappointment I've had is that I've sent 3,000 or 4,000 folk up the road without what we all wanted - and that was a victory.
"The over-riding feel is disappointment for the terrific support we had. They were absolutely fantastic throughout the match and it was a major disappointment to send them up the road without the result that they craved and we craved."
1977-86 Clyde (wins Division Two twice)
1986-93 Scotland U21s/youth teams/senior assistant manager (runner-up in U16 World Cup)
1993-2001 Scotland (qualifies for Euro 96 and 1998 World Cup - wins 32 of 70 games)
He has also worked in an advisory capacity for Fulham and Derby
TEAMS PLAYED FOR
1958-62 Rangers youth team
1962-68 Dundee (78 appearances, 2 goals) - wins title in 1962
1968-71 Falkirk (42, 1)
- Sports & Recreation
- Dundee United