Sussex legend Matt Prior has accused his former county of going soft.

The ex-England wicketkeeper says some people have been made scapegoats for the club’s declining fortunes.

He would love to get involved with turning things around – and not necessarily in the vacant head coach role.

Prior, a key member of the side which won three Championships between 2003 and 2007, said: “I am passionate about Sussex cricket.

“I’ve spoken to a number of senior players in the last month or so, a number of coaches and staff.

“What I’m hearing is frightening. Obviously things are not good.

“Certain people can become scapegoats and they might not be the right ones to blame.”

In a hard-hitting interview which appears in The Argus today, Prior called for stronger leadership and a tougher mindset.

He added: “I think Sussex have become soft, if I’m honest.

“I don’t want to sound like I’m here as an enemy. I’m here as an ally.”