Joe Canning has expressed the fear that the current confusion surrounding the Galway manager's post "could set the county back years."
Two months after Micheál Donoghue announced his shock resignation, Galway remain without a senior hurling manager.
Last week, all three nominees for the vacant position withdrew from the race, with Donoghue's selectors Franny Forde and Noel Larkin turning down the job. Current U21 boss and former senior camogie manager Tony Ward also withdrew.
Speaking in an interview on the Second Captains podcast, Canning said the mood among the players had "gone beyond worry" and said it was "strange" to him that no one was willing to take the team.
"It's gone beyond worry at this stage. I don't really know what's happening down there. It's very frustrating from the players' point of view.
"If you think about it, we won the All-Ireland two years ago. We've lost two of our last 20 championship games, we're probably the most consistent senior team in championship over the last three years. We contested the All-Ireland final against Limerick last year. Probably not great this year, but a bit unlucky as well.
"And to not have anybody that wants to take you over, it seems strange enough."
Galway and Clare are the only two top tier hurling counties without a senior manager at this stage, though the latter appear at least further along in the process of finding one.
Canning admitted the issue was causing frustration among the playing staff and said he hoped it was sorted "sooner rather than later."
"It's not a good place to be, as a player. It's very frustrating. We want to hurl and like any hurler, you want the best people available over you. And when that's not available, it's very hard.
"Hopefully it gets sorted. I don't know who's going to sort it out. But hopefully, it gets sorted sooner rather than later. For the good of Galway hurling and football. Because if it's not it's going to set us back years.
"That's the unfortunate thing. There's a lot of egos there that just want to do it for themselves. Hopefully, they'll understand that Galway is bigger than one or two people."