Brechin defender Sean McIntosh admits the squad were shocked to see manager Mark Wilson axed after just two league games.
The former Celtic star and Airdrieonians boss took over at Glebe Park in September 2019, finishing bottom of the SPFL in the curtailed campaign.
Having not won a game this season, Wilson and no.2 Simon Donnelly were shown the door at the League Two side.
However, McIntosh, who played under Wilson at the Diamonds where they finished in the League One play-off spots, praised the ex-Celt for his efforts and the mentor role he offered the 23-year-old.
He said: "We are a wee bit surprised, but at the end of the day that's football and there isn't much you can do about it.
"It's a bit disappointing because I had a good relationship with the gaffer with knowing him though Airdrie, but that's football.
"Obviously I enjoyed working under the gaffer but results weren't really going our way, but we need to take a bit of blame in that as well.
"I don't think the boys have been anywhere near good enough, myself included.
"I played at right-back and he played there a lot throughout his career. He helped me a lot.
"I think a lot of the boys and a lot of the people at Brechin are quite disappointed but it's one of those things, you can't really do too much about it now.
"We have to get on with it and try to put things right."
Brechin travel to Lanarkshire for their next game against Albion Rovers in a game that already looks key in the relegation play-off scrap.
McIntosh, who famously scored the last-minute winner for Wilson's Airdrie in a dramatic 4-3 derby win at Cliftonhill back in 2017, is hoping to create more positive memories in Monklands.
"It's a big game already," continued McIntosh. "We are only two games in and it's a six-pointer.
"We have got to try and put what has happened to the side and try to go and get a positive result.
"I've had good results at Cliftonhill before with Airdrie, and I think now we need a positive result to really lift us whatever that may be.
"A win will certainly lift the whole squad and the whole place.
"Ultimately, scoring first is going to be a big thing for us. If we score first we have a big chance to go and win the game."