Southampton defender Maya Yoshida believes it’s unfair to lay the entire blame on Mark Hughes for their form following his dismissal on Monday
The Welshman was given his marching orders from St Mary’s following their 2-2 draw with Manchester United at the weekend.
The result left Southampton 18th in the Premier League table with just one win in their opening 14 games.
But Yoshida feels the entire team must shoulder the responsibility of Southampton’s dreadful start.
“I always feel guilty when managers have to leave the club after not getting good results,” said Yoshida, according to Daily Echo.
“I shouldn’t be surprised, but after we played against Manchester United, I am a little bit surprised.
“It isn’t only the manager’s problem and every single player has to take responsibility. We didn’t win 10 games and, as a professional, it simply isn’t enough.
“We have to change it and the club decided to make the difficult decision.
“As a professional, if we get a big salary with Southampton in the Premier League, we need to take responsibility.
“I’m really grateful to Mark Hughes who had success by keeping us in the Premier League, which was really important when he arrived.
“We can’t put all the responsibility on Mark Hughes and say it was his fault.
“Individually, every single player and member of staff who is connected to the club, has to take responsibility.”
Former RB Leipzig manager Ralph Hasenhuttl is the reported favourite to replace Hughes in the Southampton dugout.
The Saints will next face Tottenham away on Wednesday at Wembley.