Leeds captain Kallum Watkins has challenged the players to pull together ahead of Thursday’s crunch clash with Castleford.
The club will open its new North Stand at the game and a big crowd is expected, as the Rhinos aim to turn their fortunes around against their local rivals.
Watkins told Sky Sports: “The guys at the top have made that decision, but the way we’ve started and been performing is not good enough.
“The wins we’ve had have been pretty good but we’ve not been backing it up and us as players have to take responsibility for that.
“We’re in a difficult place following the weekend, but we have to move on and collectively pull together to get back to where we need to be.
“The decision took the players by surprise and a lot of them are not used to that kind of situation.
“It’s tough decision that Kev and the board have made but they feel it’s going to be right for the club
“Dave did the best he could in the way he worked, but probably didn’t get the time to know everybody, which is sad, but it’s a decision that’s been made and we have to move forward.”