Everton star Richarlison says the players must stand up and take responsibility for the crisis which has cost their manager his job.
Marco Silva was dismissed after a day of boardroom deliberation, with owner Farhad Moshiri forced to act as Mersey derby humiliation plunged the Blues into the Premier League relegation zone.
Inevitably, an intense focus shifted onto the unfortunate Marco Silva’s position… with the manager paying the ultimate price.
But his biggest Goodison signing insisted that the team themselves must now stand up and be counted.
Richarlison wants his team-mates to wear the Blue shirt with pride, after such a damaging run of four straight defeats.
“The responsibility of where we are was not just down to the coach, it is down to the players too,” he said.
“The players are the ones on the pitch and we need results as soon as possible.
“Everyone at the club is responsible, everyone at the club is under pressure and it is down to us to wear the shirt and do as well as we can on the pitch.
“Last season we went through a difficult moment, but then we reacted and had a great run of games.
“We hope we can react as soon as possible because we are low in the table and we need to start playing well and start winning.”
Owner Farhad Moshiri travelled to the club’s training ground yesterday for crisis meetings, and he called the players together to address them in person, calling for a response out on the pitch to the current malaise.
The rest of the five-person board then joined the owner to discuss a replacement, with former Everton boss David Moyes high on a short-list of prospective candidates.
Informal discussions have been held with the man who enjoyed a successful 10-year reign at Goodison before leaving for Manchester United .
But it is understood there is at least one more immediate target – and first-team coach Ferguson has been placed in temporary charge to allow more time to pursue negotiations.
Everton have been linked with Manchester City coach Mikel Arteta, and the highly regarded River Plate manager Marcelo Gallardo, while Moshiri has been a long-time admirer of the Ajax boss Eric ten Hag.
All three though, would be difficult to bring to Goodison at this time.
Everton have previously approached the former Valencia manager Marcelino, but it is reported he politely declined their interest.