Jamie Carragher has told Sky Sports he was glad David Moyes told his Sunderland players they must take responsibility for their current situation.
The Black Cats have once again endured a terrible start to the season and currently sit in the bottom three of the Premier League.
They have managed to pick up just one point from their first six games, making another relegation battle look increasingly likely.
Last weekend saw Sunderland suffer their most disheartening defeat to date as they were beaten 3-2 by Crystal Palace at home, despite having led the game 2-0 at one point.
Following the game Moyes hit out at his squad, saying they have to take responsibility for their problems, and Carragher has praised the move.
“I was glad when Moyes said the players need to take responsibility [after the Palace defeat],” he told Sky Sports.
“Too many players don’t and that’s not just a problem for Moyes, it’s a problem across football for managers.”
The former defender also believes that the former Everton and Manchester United boss has discovered the situation at Sunderland is worse than he first thought.
The Scot replaced Sam Allardyce at the club in the summer after he departed to take charge of England.
He endured a frustrating summer transfer window as he failed to secure the signings the squad needed to push on after narrowly avoided relegation last season.
“I don’t think there’s anything to hang on to at the moment,” added Carragher.
“I think David Moyes comes in and [finds] it’s a problem a lot worse than what he thought, in terms of the quality of the players.”