Palermo president Maurizio Zamparini admits he is considering selling up.
Zamparini has warned he is "disappointed by the criticism, so I am seeking a successor" to run the club.
"We are going through a truly difficult time and did not expect it," he told Calciomercatosicilia.it.
"There is a horrible atmosphere and this cannot help the team. People are already talking about relegation, but this Palermo is not a squad of hopeless cases. The fans have to help and support us. We need them.
"They must understand that you cannot always win and shouldn't get depressed when you lose. It is a bad moment, but we will emerge from it.
"The ones protesting against me are the usual 100 or so who also criticised the team and me last season. There are still real fans at Palermo and I need them.
"In all honesty, I am very disappointed by the criticism, as I have invested a lot in this club and this attitude is pushing me towards seriously seeking a successor to take over Palermo."