The manager has seen a squad bereft of quality, and has acted to make sweeping changes. The fact that fan favourites have been shown the door should have no bearing on his position - he makes the decision on who to keep or punt based on what he has seen, and what he has seen has clearly not been good enough from the vast majority of the squad he inherited.
On the subject of Eckersley and Smith, one has gone to Forfar, suggesting there was very little interest in him from the league below us never mind the one we're in. The other has gone to a team in the league he excelled in, which also shows where other teams are in their opinion on the player.
I loved both players' performances for us over the 18 months from the beginning of 2017, a period which was one of our best in many years. However, we are at the highest level in this country now, and unfortunately Eckersley suffered injuries which prevented him impressing the new managers, while Cammy hasn't produced the same performances in the Premiership as he did in the Championship.
Good luck to both, but mostly, good luck to Oran Kearney and the players who will still be representing us from here on.