Ralph Hasenhüttl accepted complete responsibility for Southampton's meltdown against Leicester City at a sodden St Mary's on Friday night.
The weather mirrored the result, as Saints shipped nine goals, and the manager was very frank in his reflection of the performance, which he accepted was infinitely below what's expected in the Premier League.
The Austrian also paid tribute to the fans that remained at St Mary's throughout the 90 minutes, despite the scoreline and the conditions.
"I take full responsibility for what happened today," Hasenhüttl stated. "Very, very bad performance, that's it.
"What happens now is that we must immediately try and bring the heads back up. We are all down.
"One thing I must say is that the fans that stayed until the end, because it was not easy to watch this game for anybody associated with Southampton Football Club, I must say thank you to them, because they were fantastic.
"They tried to support us until the end. That was not easy.
"We must know that when we play like this, we have no chance to stay in this league, that is for sure. Everybody knows this. It's about us now, to try and find a way to do better than this."