Jermaine Jenas has told BBC's Match of the Day 2 that he believes Aston Villa's sacking of Tim Sherwood was unfair.
The former Villa loanee had lambasted the club midweek in a column for Yahoo Sport, claiming they will get relegated with or without Sherwood.
He is of the belief that Villa's structure and decision making above Sherwood are responsible for their plight, particularly the recruiting team.
He told MOTD2: "There's a bigger issue here. He didn't get the players that he probably wanted to come to the club.
"The manager has just been sacked when you've sold Benteke, sold Delph, lost Vlaar and nearly got relegated with those players, and you've brought in worse players and expect better results...I don't see how that's fair really."
Jenas may believe Villa are doomed, but the club themselves cannot afford to think that way, which is why they felt they had to get ruthless with Sherwood.
It is a shame for the manager who led the side to an FA Cup Final back in May, but the season is still young and Villa had to make a sporting and financial decision to move on.
Last season they waited until February to fire Paul Lambert and appoint Sherwood, and finished 17th in the end. This time around there is time for them to haul themselves out of trouble and start moving forwards, but the next appointment needs to be backed long-term, even if the results are not good, or the same cycle will continue to repeat.