UPDATE Friday morning: Rival tabloid the Daily News farewelled outgoing New York Post editor Col Allan with this early edition front-page headline:

TA-TA TO TRUMP’S TABLOID TOADY! Donald needs to find someone else to carry his water as Post editor ‘retires’

just as the Post itself published its endorsement of Trump in Tuesday’s primary with the odd observation that part of his attraction as a “rookie” candidate is that Trump is beholden to no one, least of all himself:

Should he win the nomination, we expect Trump to pivot — not just on the issues, but in his manner. The post-pivot Trump needs to be more presidential: better informed on policy, more self-disciplined and less thin-skinned…his political incorrectness is one of his great attractions — it proves he’s not one of “them.”

EARLIER: Col Allan, who has presided over the pugilistic, perennially profit-challenged New York Post for 15 years, announced Thursday that he’s outta there at the end of April and will be succeeded by Sunday editor Stephen Lynch. Allan has worked for Rupert Murdoch’s News Corporation, which owns the Post, for 42 years.

“It has been an enormous privilege to edit this great paper,” Allan, 62, said in a statement. “I know that the paper will continue to grow in scale and influence.” Allan was editor of The Daily Telegraph in Sydney before joining the Post in 2001.

Murdoch, executive chairman of News Corporation, called Allan “one of the most outstanding editors of his generation” and a “great friend.” The New York Post, founded by Alexander Hamilton, was a liberal-leaning afternoon paper until Murdoch bought it and realigned it with the right. It’s been engaged in a tabloid war to the death with the also money-losing Daily News, owned by Mortimer Zuckerman, both of which survived Long Island newspaper Newsday‘s short-lived attempt in the 1980s to compete with a New York edition.