Former assistant manager Eddie Kyle said Hartlepool United would have been relegated had Pools not sacked Ronnie Moore.
Kyle, who worked as number two to Alan Murray back in the 1990s, believes owners JPNG have made the right decision to part company with the 62-year-old.
I feel it is a change that had to be made if Pools are to survive this season in League TwoEDDIE KYLE
Moore was shown the door today in the aftermath of last night’s costly 2-1 home defeat to fellow strugglers Stevenage – their eighth League Two loss of the campaign.
Pools are 22nd in the table, four points above the drop zone though they have between two and five games in hand on the clubs around the in the dogfight.
“If the change had not been made Pools would have dropped out of the league,” said BBC Tees pundit Kyle.
“It’s not nice to hear that anyone has lost their job.
“I feel it is a change that had to be made if Pools are to survive this season in League Two.”
Kyle says Pools have not improved under Moore, a manager who last season achieved the so-called Great Escape when the club, against the odds, survived in the Football League.
The Scot said in an interview with BBC Tees that the boss had to “pay the price”.
Kyle said: “Having watched Pools this season they don’t seem to have improved much since last season.
“Ronnie has been allowed to sign over 20 players so the chairman has backed him.
“It’s been his team, his squad, but the team has lacked organisation, leadership and motivation.
“At the end of the day that comes down to the manager and he has to pay the price.”
Kyle also poured cold water on the fight for survival last season.
“He kept the team in the league but there was an awful lot of hype surrounding that,” he said.
“There was good luck involved as well as management.
“When Ronnie gets chance to reflect he will realise he has not improved the club at all.
“What worried me is that I could not name one player Ronnie has signed that has actually improved under his tutelage.
“I don’t know what they do in training but every team we see at the Vic seems to be more organised, have more ideas than Hartlepool.”