"its the players fault"
This is where the bollocks about how Koeman and Unsworth also struggling with this squad falls apart.
Both of those were not up to the job (in the end in Koeman's case), but we've fucked up massively with who we've replaced them with. It was an opportunity to bring in a good, progressive manager who could find a way to make our not untalented squad work and play better football, but instead we bought someone in who had a proven track record of shit football. Instead we've now regressed to getting battered whilst being even more impotent.