Adam Lockwood believes Bury's players have let down caretaker manager Peter Shirtliff with their early-season form.
The Shakers lie rock-bottom of npower League One with three points and no wins from seven games under Shirtliff, who took the reins after Richie Barker left to take charge of Crawley on the eve of the season.
The search for Barker's permanent successor has gathered pace this week and Lockwood feels uncertainty off the field is no excuse for poor performances on it.
"I think Shirty has done everything in his power," Lockwood told BBC Radio Manchester.
"Sometimes we've let him down on the pitch. His preparation and training has been spot on and, as a player, I can't knock what he's done for us.
"It's not through lack of trying. We are playing good football and we've been putting good performances in. We are doing our utmost to get points.
"It's down to the people behind the scenes to decide (on a new manager).
"I feel a little bit disappointed that we haven't got the points we've deserved in some of the games, which would have helped his cause."
- Adam Lockwood
- Peter Shirtliff