Perth Glory captain Jacob Burns says the players have accepted their share of the blame for Ian Ferguson being sacked as coach this week.
Ferguson and assistant Stuart Munro were dumped by club owner Tony Sage after a horror run of results that left Glory struggling at the foot of the table.
Glory are winless in their past eight games and have not scored in their past four.
Former Glory stalwart Alistair Edwards was installed as interim coach until the end of the season with ex-teammate Gareth Naven his assistant.
Burns spoke to Ferguson and Munro yesterday and wished them all the best.
Sage said the players had underperformed this season and would shoulder some of the blame, a statement with which Burns agreed.
"Absolutely. We're in it as a group," Burns said.
"Often when results aren't going the right way, a manager falls on his sword and he's the first to go.
"But we're well aware as a playing group that we're not where we want to be and our performances and where we want them to be. We hold responsibility for that as well.
"It's not something that sits well with me. You never want your own reputation or the way you've been playing to come under any kind of criticism but I think it's rightly so with where we're sitting at the minute.
"We've got a job in our hands and it's a huge test of our character and our ability to get ourselves back up there."
Burns has missed the past three matches with a back injury and is in doubt for this week’s game against league leaders Central Coast at nib Stadium.
The midfielder has had injections in a bid to rid himself of the injury.
He faces further rehabilitation and testing before being passed fit to play.
“I’ve never had a back issue before but hopefully it turns a corner,” Burns said.
“The sooner I’m back out there, the better, because I’m not enjoying watching the football, that’s for sure.”
Meanwhile, Dutch defender Bas van den Brink's move to Churchill Brothers SC has reportedly broken down.
Van den Brink was released from his Glory contract last month so he could move to the Indian club, but could now become a target for A-League clubs.