JASON Thomson reckons results have been so bad the Raith Rovers squad could well have been sacked along with boss Gary Locke this week.
Locke was axed on Tuesday night, just minutes after the Kirkcaldy club slumped to a sixth successive defeat and their 14th match without a win.
However, skipper Thomson admits the blame for the dismal run should not lie entirely with the manager and assistant Darren Jackson.
He told @CCP_sport: “We were obviously aware of how bad things were but the boys were gutted to see the manager and Jacko go.
“I know it was a tough decision for the board because they had both been doing a lot around the club that goes unseen.
“The fans don’t see that side and it maybe doesn’t mean as much to them because a Saturday is the most important and that hasn’t been going too great.
“But it’s unfair that it does fall with the manager because I’m a big believer that it’s down to the players.
“We’ve let ourselves down, the fans down and the manager, and ultimately it’s cost him his job.
“There was a sense in the dressing-room that it was our fault. We know that performances and results haven’t been good enough.
“If you’re going to keep that form up there’s only one way it’s going to go.
“I’m sure if they could have sacked 20 players they might have, but it’s the manager that loses his job. That’s the way football is but the players take responsibility for it.”
A host of names have already been linked with the Stark’s Park post, with the likes of former Hibs and Inverness Caley Thistle boss John Hughes, Albion Rovers’ Darren Young, former Rovers player Danny Lennon and Dumbarton manager Stevie Aitken all rumoured to be in the frame.
But Thomson knows the players will also be responsible for sparking a revival as they seek to get away from their current spot in third-bottom, just four points above Ayr United in the relegation play-off place.
He added: “We don’t have a dressing room that’s going to chuck it, we’re all pulling together. There’s no bad egg in there, we’ve trained well, but come a Saturday it wasn’t clicking.
“We just have to make sure that, whoever comes in, we do everything we can to get out of this rut we’re in.”