Former Plymouth Albion captain Danny Thomas says he feels Graham Dawe's dismissal as chairman of rugby was 'a bit rash'.
But Thomas, who played for Albion from 1987 to 2010, added that he understood the board's decision.
"I feel it was probably a bit rash, but hopefully they'll pick up the results and start climbing up the table," he told BBC Radio Devon.
Thomas said: "It is a results business and the results don't seem to be going Albion's way at the moment.
"A new head will hopefully get the results they crave and reach the top eight in the league."
And Thomas, who is now in charge of National Three South West club Barnstaple, was full of praise for a man who coached him for much of his career.
"I couldn't have a bad word against him in terms of playing for him," he said.
"He demands the best of his players and I respect him for who he is as a person in terms of his dedication and commitment to the club."
Albion are to announce former Exeter Chiefs head coach Pete Drewett as Dawe's replacement on Tuesday afternoon.