Barnsley midfielder Brian Howard believes the board were too hasty in parting with manager Andy Ritchie.
Howard was a regular in Ritchie's side
Ritchie was dismissed on Tuesday, six months after he led the Tykes to promotion to the Championship.
Howard told BBC Radio Sheffield: "I think we could have stayed up. We only needed to tweak a few things, we are still a good group of players.
"It has only gone wrong in the last five games that we haven't competed against the so-called bigger teams."