Steve Lomas says he has great sympathy for Barry Smith who was sacked as manager of Dundee on Wednesday.
The Dens Park club were promoted last season despite finishing second in Division One but were moved up following the removal of Rangers after the financially-troubled Ibrox outfit left the SPL.
Dundee are currently 15 points adrift at the base of the table and Lomas, the St Johnstone boss said: "I've been in the game for many a year.
"People talk about loyalty and this, that and the other, but you are a commodity. The only people who are loyal in this game these days are the fans.
"But I have a great deal of sympathy for Barry. To not know what league you are going to be in until the week before, how can you plan?
"That wasn't Dundee's fault, that was just the scenario but he went through two administrations - he has been through the mill at Dundee.
"I thought he probably deserved the chance to be managing them next season and be judged on that.
"I don't believe he was given a fair crack. But I'm sure he will bounce back."