Motherwell midfielder Keith Lasley has admitted that he does not blame Craig Brown and Archie Knox for quitting the club to move to Aberdeen.
In what was a surprise move in the Scottish Premier League, the veteran pair left Fir Park to pick up the pieces of Mark McGhee's disastrous reign at Pittodrie and leave the Steelmen without a manager.
Lasley however stated that despite his obvious shock, he could understand the decision, after making a similar move to Plymouth in 2004.
He returned two years later after a fruitless spell, but as Brown and Knox follow in McGhee's footsteps after he also departed Well for the Dons in 2008, Lasley stressed that they were only human for taking a risk.
"They see Aberdeen as a big opportunity for them and it's just another aspect of football," he said in the Daily Record.
"People have decisions to make all the time and it happens with players too.
"I did it for myself when I went to Plymouth for two years and it didn't work out for me but that's what you do - you take a chance.
"Craig obviously believes he can make a difference at Aberdeen and he's a good enough manager to think that, but we can still have a fantastic season here.
"People should remember him for the job he did here. He came in at a difficult period and rallied the troops straight away."
Lasley's side face Hearts on Tuesday at home as they adjust to life without the former Scotland boss and his assistant, and he conceded that playing a match was the best thing for them.
"I'm just happy there's a game that we can focus on. We feel more disappointed than let down by Craig and Archie leaving," Lasley added.
"There's no hard feeling from myself or any of the boys and I don't think you'll find any of our players who has a bad word to say about them on a personal level.
"It came as a real shock. We didn't expect it to go through but it's done and we as players just need to get on with it."