Port Vale captain Leon Legge says speculation that John Askey lost the dressing room is simply not true.
Askey has lost his job after a run of just six points from 12 games culminated in Saturday’s 4-0 defeat at Mansfield Town.
Legge says the players failed to deliver but adds there was no rift between the manager and his team.
He’s given his views on a post via his Twitter page.
He said: “Yesterday a good man lost his job because we as a group of players failed to deliver on the pitch.
“Our target this season was to get into the play offs having just missed our last season. Unfortunately this season hasn’t so far gone to plan and John paid the price for it. I am sure it was a tough decision for Carol to make!
“Football is a cruel sport sometimes and it seems that it was the gaffa that paid the price. It was our first real bad patch under him in the two years we had and as a group of players we felt we could turn it around.
“I would like to once and for all acknowledge that there was never any rift or falling out with players with John. He kept a tight knit group and this is why it is disappointing that we failed to deliver.
“We as players will put it right for the fans and get our season back on track. There is still along way to go this season!
“Once again I would like to thank the gaffa for the memorable two years we had under him and making me captain and leading the lads out for the Man City game, it is a memory that we will all look back on as players and fans.
“I wish John all the best of luck in the future. Leggy.”