Fleetwood Town caretaker manager Chris Lucketti has spoken of his shock at Graham Alexander's sacking by the club.
After three straight defeats, 43-year-old Alexander was dismissed on Monday after nearly three years in charge.
Lucketti, 39, has been promoted from his position as assistant manager to take charge of the team for the game against Scunthorpe on Saturday.
"It's been difficult, it is still sinking in. It came as a massive shock when I spoke to Graham," said Lucketti.
Asked by BBC Radio Lancashire if Alexander had any inclination his job might be on the line, he said: "He certainly didn't say anything to me, so I presume he didn't feel that way."
Chairman Andy Pilley has asked Lucketti to do the job on a game-by-game basis, assisted by development squad boss Barry Nicholson
"I think the players feel they've let the manager down and probably for a lot of the younger lads they won't have experienced anything like this," he added.
"I think there is a few of the lads in there shell shocked and probably don't know how to feel this moment in time."