Sheffield Wednesday keeper Lee Grant has revealed that he was not that surprised to see Brian Laws depart Hillsborough last weekend.
The former Scunthorpe boss left after his side slipped into the relegation zone with a resounding 3-0 defeat at Leicester, but having steered the club to a first Steel City double over rivals Sheffield United in 95 years last season, many thought he would be given further time to put things right.
However, the ex-Derby County shot-stopper believes Laws was merely a victim of circumstances, as pressure builds on the manager's shoulders alone when results start to go pear-shaped.
"Usually in these situations you find that the manager is the one that bears the brunt and that is unfortunately the way that it is up and down the country," he told skysports.com.
"It is no different at Sheffield Wednesday and after a few poor results the manager's position comes under pressure."
Academy boss Sean McAuley has once again stepped up to fill in as caretaker and Grant insists it is business as usual at Hillsborough.
"It has been pretty much business as usual for us because we are all familiar with Sean as he has taken on the role of caretaker manager before, so it hasn't affected preparations for Saturday too much.
"The boys speak very highly of him and his methods and he has impressed me since taking over training, so it bodes well and it is now down to us to turn that into a performance at the weekend."