Dundee goalkeeper Kyle Letheren has branded football a ‘brutal sport’ after the sacking of manager John Brown.
Although the ex-Wales U/21 international admits the Dark Blues playing staff must take the blame for Bomber losing his job at Dens Park.
“Bomber would not get the sack if everything was rosy in the garden,” said the 26-year-old. There’s no doubt we’ve had our problems this season.
“It’s a brutal sport.
“We’re second top of the division and a manager gets the sack that’s the world we find ourselves in.
“Our players have to hold their hands up and accept that we played a big part in Bomber getting the sack.
“He picks the team but he sends us out there to perform.
“Unfortunately, we all have to look at ourselves in the mirror because we’ve not done that.”
Letheren has been one of the success stories of Bomber’s 11-month reign at Dens Park.
Signed in the summer on a free transfer, he’s established himself as the club’s undisputed No 1.
However, after securing the signature of top-scorer Peter MacDonald, Letheren has proved the most valuable of all the additions made by the former Dundee manager.
The Llanelli-born goalkeeper has found first-team appearances hard to come by in his career until he came to Dens.
Spells at Barnsley, Doncaster Rovers, Plymouth Argyle and Kilmarnock only saw him rack up a total of 13 games.
However, this season alone he’s made a total of 25 appearances for the Dundee top team.
Letheren says he has a lot to thank Bomber for.
“I haven’t got a bad word to say about Bomber,” Letheren said.
“He’s the man who gave me a chance to be No 1 at this football club.
“I can only thank him for giving me that opportunity.
“I wish him all the best for the future because, at the end of the day, he was an extremely popular figure in the dressing-room.
“Some of the players are shocked, others not so much.
“Players talk, we are not stupid, everyone knew if we didn’t win at the weekend the manager might be out of a job.”
The final nail in the coffin came when Alloa levelled Saturday’s game in injury time to go home with a point from the Dens Park fixture.
That made it just one win in six at Dens for the Dark Blues and saw a temporary two point lead at the Championship summit evaporate.
Letheren isn’t sure what impact Bomber’s departure will have on Dundee’s title hopes, especially with third-placed Hamilton up this Saturday in a crucial Dens Park game.
He said: “With such a big game on the horizon maybe this decision will come back and bite us as a club.
“But it might also give up the kick up the backside we need.”