Bristol Rovers centre-back Adam Virgo believes the players let Mark McGhee down
following the manager's sacking.
The 54-year-old was dismissed following a
4-1 defeat at York
which leaves the club sitting second from bottom in the Football League.
"This season, if everybody looked in the mirror, it hasn't been good enough for him," Virgo told BBC Points West.
Bristol Rovers defender
“We just weren't getting results for him and of course the players take responsibility for our performances and results”
"We've all got good CVs behind us but for some reason it just hasn't worked while he's been manager."
McGhee took over at the Memorial Stadium from Paul Buckle, who
lasted just seven months at Rovers,
on a two-and-a-half-year deal.
The former Aberdeen, Brighton and Millwall boss guided the club away from the relegation zone and they finished in 13th in League Two at the end of the last campaign.
Rovers were tipped as possible promotion contenders this season but they have been hampered by injuries and struggled for form, with McGhee previously
calling the club's position "embarrassing"
before he was fired.
Chairman Nick Higgs has
previously spoken about the sympathy he had with McGhee's situation
because of injuries within the squad, but decided to act following a run of nine defeats in the last 11 matches.
Rovers managerial merry-go-round
- Sep 2005-Dec 2010:
- Dec 2010-Jan 2011:
Darren Patterson (caretaker)
- Jan-March 2011:
- March-May 2011:
Stuart Campbell (caretaker)
- May 2011-Jan 2012:
- Jan 2012-Dec 2012:
"Unfortunately for Mark at the time we just weren't getting results for him and of course the players take responsibility for our performances and for the results too," Virgo added.
"Everyone believed what he was doing was right, but just on a Saturday that's what the whole world sees.
"For me he's always been a good manager and still will be. He might go onto somewhere else and be fantastic.
"I'm sure down the line he'll learn from mistakes he's made and he'll definitely get another job.
"You want the right appointment and sometimes the quick appointment's not necessarily the right appointment.
"While we've got a couple of games to play with I just hope the chairman can look at things and bring in the right guy."