Leeds United's survival battle is descending into crisis with head coach Javi Gracia facing the sack and the players criticising themselves in a public statement for ignoring fans as they left their team hotel.
Gracia's future is being considered by the Leeds board after a fourth defeat in five matches with the Spaniard facing the prospect of becoming the 15th managerial departure of the Premier League season.
Gracia is under severe pressure from supporters, while the future of under-fire sporting director Victor Orta has also been plunged into doubt.
Leeds' players also took the remarkable step of making a grovelling apology to supporters after a video emerged in which they appeared not to acknowledge young fans as the squad left the team hotel prior to defeat at Bournemouth.
"As the first team squad at Leeds United, we wanted to reach out to the fan base regarding yesterday's game and subsequent posts on social media," the players wrote.
"Firstly, the performance was not good enough. There is no other way to look at it and the only way to respond is on the pitch. Leeds fans travel up and down the country in huge numbers and deserve more than this.
"What is just as concerning to us as a group, is the video online of us leaving the hotel. Words can't express how sorry we are that the youngster in the video wearing the Leeds kit is not shown more love from the squad. On a matchday we do an activation walk, before and after this we stop for photos and autographs to ensure we interact with fans, but also that we are on time when leaving for games. However, there is no excuse for not acknowledging fans and if the parents of the fan wearing the Leeds kit in the video could make themselves known to us, we would be grateful.
"We do not believe that this fight is over and we will keep going until the last ball is kicked this season. Thank you again for your support."
One of the young fans in the viral clip was eight-year-old Dylan Wale, whose dad John told the Yorkshire Evening Post that the video had been taken out of context.
"We live in Southampton but we heard Dylan could get the chance to see his heroes at Bournemouth," John Wale said.
"He had a fantastic day. Luke Ayling fist bumped him, Javi Gracia came and tickled his chin and had a chat with him, Jack Harrison had a laugh with him, Adam Forshaw came down the stairs with his hand out to high five him and Brenden Aaronson signed an autograph. Max Wober turned and said hi, Willy Gnonto said hi. He was buzzing. He's got three autographs, we had a great day and there you have it.
"The video just shows the players who didn't say 'hi'. We know full well they're under pressure, they're trying to stay in the Premier League and we're devastated because we don't want to be involved in negative press.
"They don't need to make an apology as far as I'm concerned. I don't want the players slated."
The apology is the latest blow for the club after a dire run in which they have lost four of their last five matches, conceding 18 goals.
The former Watford manager was only appointed in February and despite an initial uplift in results, Leeds are now in deep trouble. After the defeat at Bournemouth, a statement of no confidence in the manager and the board was issued from the Leeds United Supporters Advisory Board.
Leeds' board were in discussions on Monday and are considering whether to sack Gracia and make a short-term appointment to try and spark a late revival. One option could be to re-install highly regarded coach Michael Skubala as interim manager. Skubala was promoted to caretaker after the departure of Jesse Marsch in February and is respected by the players and board.
Orta has been under scrutiny from fans over the season and could also leave as it is understood it was his decision to appoint Gracia.
After Sunday's defeat, Gracia said: "It is hard to accept. It has happened in the last three of four games: we concede a goal and then three or four minutes later we concede the second one. It is something we have to do better because if you are not more consistent then it is difficult to get the results.
"For us, when there are only four games left, we have to be very concentrated and try to put everything into the next game to get the result we need. What our fans really want is to see the team win. All of us are frustrated, the fans as well."