Sebastian Coates has said that Gus Poyet's sacking at Sunderland last month is part of football - with his fellow countryman sacked with the club one point above the relegation zone.
Coates did suggest there has been an element of bad luck that has contributed to Sunderland's position this season which has seen them nervously looking over their shoulders in a relegation battle.
He told the Chronicle: "It was difficult mostly because the team is not in a very good moment, we are at the bottom of the league and fighting relegation.
“It’s a pretty difficult time and Gus is gone now.
“There have been many games where we deserved something more, but sometimes results don’t go for you and that’s what decides the future of the coaches.
“In football these things happen. Gus had an excellent season last year.
“But, as I said, that’s football.”
It has been a very poor season for Sunderland. After defying the odds to beat the drop last season - as well as enjoying a memorable run to the League Cup final - you may have thought that the Black Cats would have kicked on this season.
But so far they have only four wins to their name in the Premier League and Dick Advocaat has been parachuted in to try and perform a rescue act and steer them away from the drop zone, and confirm their top flight status for next term.
They have drawn an awful lot of games this season and one could argue that any bad luck Poyet had carried over into Advocaat's reign in the way they lost to West Ham United.
However, some will say that the football on display - which was illustrated in the football in the 4-0 defeat to Aston Villa that sealed Poyet's fate - just wasn't good enough.