Former Hertha Berlin players Andriy Voronin and Marko Pantelic both agree that the club's problems this season were brought on by themselves.
Voronin enjoyed a successful season on loan in the German capital from Liverpool last year while Pantelic played for the club for four years before allowing his contract to run down prior to his move to Ajax in September.
Both were key members of the squad that led the Bundesliga for long periods last term but ultimately finished fourth, six points behind eventual champions Wolfsburg.
However this season has been a completely different story with Hertha stranded at the bottom of the league having taken five points from their 15 games resulting in manager Lucien Favre's dismissal at the end of September.
Pantelic feels the club's failings this season are down to the fact that the club gave too much power to Favre.
"The biggest mistake (was) made last season when they only felt Lucien Favre responsible for all the success gained in the league," he told Bild.
"When they handed him all power, we ought to be just his puppets from then on. The strong hierarchy inside the team crashed and we were losing out on the Bundesliga title and a berth in the UEFA Champions League subsequently."
Meanwhile Voronin, who was priced out of a permanent move to Hertha in the summer by Liverpool, believes the club's reluctance to delve into the transfer market is the reason behind their shocking slump.
"Last season we were having a great mixture at Hertha with regard to young and experienced players in the side," he stated.
"If I am losing my best players I need to buy players of similar quality. Hertha put in too little money."
Hertha have promised to spend in January, despite being in financial trouble, and have reportedly set aside up to £3million to bring in fresh faces.