Ray Crawford believes Alan McLoughlin has been harshly treated by Pompey and insists more could have been done to prevent his departure.
Last night it was revealed how Blues Hall-of-famer McLoughlin had been dismissed from his role as first-team coach.
It is reported Pompey are in the hunt of a more experienced coach to work alongside manager Andy Awford as the club currently sit 12th in League Two.
But former Blues striker Crawford claims Macca’s coaching credentials should not be questioned.
Rather, the current crop of players have much to answer for.
He also believes Awford could have been stronger in preventing one of his right-hand men leaving his first-team set-up.
‘I’m really upset about it,’ said Crawford.
‘I’ve known Macca for sometime and he talks a lot of sense, he’s a good coach.
‘I think the players have got to take some of the responsibility as to why he was sacked.
‘And if I was the manager I would have stuck up for him, I would have walked out.
‘It was the board who have got rid of him and I would have said to them: “If Macca goes I go”.
‘He has taken the brunt off the players not being able to play well and get results.
‘We know football is a game about results, but how can you blame Macca for that.’