Hull City legend Dean Windass has sensationally accused the current crop of players of chucking manager Grant McCann ‘under the bus’.
The former Tigers striker also suggested the players no longer care about the club as they continued their slide towards League One with an 8-0 thrashing away to Wigan Athletic.
Wigan scored seven goals in an incredible first half as they thrashed fellow Sky Bet Championship relegation battlers Hull 8-0 at the DW Stadium.
Kal Naismith set the tone with a goal in the opening moments of the contest, and as the hosts continued to tear into a woeful Tigers side thereafter, Kieffer Moore and Kieran Dowell netted a brace each and Jamal Lowe and Joe Williams also got on the scoresheet, all before the interval.
It could have been even worse for the shell-shocked visitors, with Naismith having hit a post at 2-0.
Wigan then rattled the frame of the goal again after the break via an Antonee Robinson shot, before Dowell completed his hat-trick with a fine volley.
And Windass, who scored 64 goals in 205 games for Hull, believes the lack of passion from the players is alarming.
“They’ve chucked McCann under the bus, in a sense,” he told White and Sawyer. “Because what do you say as a manager?
“You’re 1-0 down after, what, a minute? When I used to play football, I would train as though it were my last training session.
“And I would play football as if it were my last game.”
The remarkable result is both Wigan’s biggest league win, surpassing a 7-0 victory against Oxford in 2017, and Hull’s joint-biggest league loss.
It left Latics, with two games remaining, on 57 points, 12 points clear of 22nd place – occupied by Hull, who lie a point adrift of safety.
With time running out, Windass is no longer sure where the blame lies; both the squad and the manager deserve intense scrutiny in his opinion.
“Listen, you have got to blame the manager in a sense as well,” he added. “I don’t want to see anybody get the sack.
“I don’t want to see anybody lose their job, but it has got to come down to the manager. He’s got to ask himself questions, he’s got to ask his staff questions.
“And at the end of the day, players have got to say ‘I have let you down’. Do they really care anymore?
“I don’t think they do.”
The Tigers were eighth on New Year ’s Day, just four points off third place, but since then they’ve lost 14 out of 18 games with only one victory.
And Windass was more than happy to offer an extreme solution to the club’s current plight.
“I tell you this now; I would do it for nothing mate! I would do it for nothing.
“They wouldn’t mess me about.”