Scotland caretaker manager Billy Stark says midfielder Charlie Adam regrets his recent Twitter comment regarding the sacking of Craig Levein.
The Stoke City star suggested the Scottish Football Association had bowed to pressure from the Scottish media to get rid of Levein following a poor beginning to the 2014 World Cup qualifying campaign.
But Stark, who has stepped in as the SFA search for a replacement, indicated that perhaps it was more of a case of the players not getting the job done and suggests Adam would now rue his ill-informed comment.
"I spoke to Charlie and I think he realises that in that situation you would never want to be portrayed to be looking for excuses," said Stark.
"In this kind of situation players do stick together.
"That's actually what you try to get when you get a group of players together, that bond.
"Some real top managers have even used that to their advantage, it's a siege mentality - us against the press. I have never been down that road but the players feel disappointed and I think it was done on the back of that.
"Maybe it is too strong a phrase, but if you are backed into a corner and getting criticism from all sides some individuals will respond to that in the right way, by saying the only thing I can do is prove them wrong in the next game.
"But everyone is different. Some will react and then maybe look back and say: 'I wish I had not said that'. We've all done that plenty of times."