Gary Caldwell claims George Burley's dismissal as Scotland boss was 'for the good of the country', although the Wigan defender offered his sympathy to his old manager.
The centre-back felt Burley was on the receiving end of some rough treatment during his year at the helm of the Scottish national team which came abruptly to an end in November following a humiliating 3-0 defeat in Wales.
But Caldwell, who has moved to the Premier League in the January transfer window to improve his chances of impressing new Scotland boss Craig Levein, thinks a change was needed.
Out of order
"In the end, it must have been a relief for George to go," Caldwell said in the Sunday Mail.
"The media scrutiny on him must have been tough and some of the stuff written about George was out of order.
"But some Scotland fans turned on him when we lost the friendly to Wales and punters tend to get their way.
"Results weren't good enough and the players need to take a close look at ourselves for that.
"However, it was for the good of the country that there was a change of manager."
Caldwell is now looking forward to working with Levein during the forthcoming European Championship qualifying campaign.
He said: "I've spoken to Barry Robson and Paul Hartley, who played for Levein at United and Hearts. They've only had great things to say.
"If you look at Craig's track record, it's easy to see why the SFA appointed him. I hope he can lead us to a finals.
"From what I'm told, he's the type of manager you want to play for and that's important. He's a no-nonsense type and will have the squad's respect."