Perth Glory midfielder Travis Dodd has conceded the players were partly to blame for the sacking of Ian Ferguson.
Ferguson was dumped as coach on Monday following a run of eight games without a win.
Club owner Tony Sage said the tipping point was the 1-0 defeat to Wellington a fortnight ago, which saw Glory slump to last place on the table.
Ferguson was replaced by former Glory striker Alistair Edwards, who was granted leave from his role as assistant national technical director with Football Federation Australia to accept the coaching position on an interim basis, until the end of the season.
Dodd said the players felt remorse for their role in Ferguson losing his job, but hoped Edwards' arrival would provide them with the extra spur they needed to reverse their fortunes and qualify for the finals.
Glory sit five points behind Melbourne Heart (fifth) and Sydney FC (sixth) with seven games remaining and have a better goal difference than the Sky Blues.
They host league leaders Central Coast at nib Stadium tomorrow.
"I've never been in a situation at a club where a coach has been sacked during the season because of poor results and it does leave a pretty bad taste in your mouth," Dodd said.
"From my point of view, I'm partly responsible for the coach losing his job because of performances out on the park.
"It's not a great feeling to have and when the new coach comes in you have that extra motivation to want to not only prove yourself to the coach, but to prove to yourself that you can be a better player.
"I think that's going to show with all the players wanting to prove themselves again."Glory captain Jacob Burns faces a battle to overcome a back injury in time for tomorrow's game. He has missed the past three matches.