Chris Sutton has accused the St Mirren players of a “mutiny” which led to the sacking of Alan Stubbs.
Speaking on the BT Sport panel ahead of Friday night’s instalment of Scottish Premiership action, Sutton said: “I think it’s shambolic. It’s a disgrace to sack a manager after four league games.
“There seems to have been mutiny in the camp.
“He (Stubbs) brought a lot of new players in but there seems to be staff and players at the club who have put the boot in. The likes of Jamie Langfield should be have been supporting Alan Stubbs.
“What chance have you got as a manager? The fact he brought these players in, he has to be given time for it to evolve.”
Ex-Hibs boss Stubbs was sacked after just four league games following a run of three consecutive defeats, with the side’s last victory coming on the opening day against Premiership strugglers Dundee.
Rangers hero Ally McCoist echoed Sutton’s bemusement on the panel, saying he was shocked by the decision.
He said: “I’m bamboozled. We speak about management and we know it’s a results-driven business, but how can you possibly get rid of a new manager after four league games when he’s won one of them.
“The modern day player has changed. We’re hearing stories now of players downing tools for the manager. Sometimes they forget their responsibilities. Their job is to be fit to play and train for the football club.”
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