Struggling Sampdoria are reviewing the future of embattled coach Mimmo Di Carlo after the “bitter and devastating” home loss to Cesena.
Angry fans jeered and raised banners urging Di Carlo to quit after the defeat on Sunday.
“This is a bitter and devastating day,” director of sport Doriano Tosi said.
“Even with a pessimistic outlook, nobody expected a game like this.”
“The team will go into a pre-match training camp from Tuesday, probably in Rome, ahead of the delicate encounter with Catania.”
“As for the coach, we are taking 24 hours to reflect. We must make the right decision to reach our objective of safety as soon as possible.”
“We will evaluate the alternatives. We asked Di Carlo not to attend the post-match press conference, as after such a heavy defeat and protests from supporters, I thought it was only right that I come here to represent the club.”
Sampdoria finished fourth last season, but under Di Carlo they have made early exits from the Champions League, Europa League and Coppa Italia.
The team’s recent form has been disastrous, losing four of their last five games at home.
News that Sampdoria captain Angelo Palombo suffered a broken a rib against Cesena has added to the disillusion.
The midfielder went off in the first half and was taken to hospital for X-rays.
“Palombo has fractured the fourth rib on the left side,” a statement on the official club website said.
“The captain will return to the Montallegro Clinic where he will spend the night under observation.”