Upton Park boss comes under mounting pressure after horror show performance.
Under-pressure West Ham boss Gianfranco Zola took responsibility after a 3-1 defeat by fellow strugglers Wolves.
A fifth successive loss leaves his side three points above the Premier League drop zone and had home fans fuming.
Striker Carlton Cole was involved in an altercation with supporters, who had barracked their players.
“The team is not playing well. I take responsibility. I am personally hurt because I didn’t expect a performance like that – it is painful,” said Zola.
“It is a big blow. For me personally and the team. These are the moments when you have to react.”
The match had started with a boisterous atmosphere but Hammers fans turned on their side as they went 3-0 down with barely an hour gone.
Some chanted: “You’re not fit to wear the shirt” at the players, while Italian Zola also came under fire as fans jeered: “You’re getting sacked in the morning.”
Thousands of others headed for the exits as the travelling Wolves supporters celebrated a well-deserved win that takes them closer to survival.
With seven Premier League matches to go, West Ham are one place and three points ahead of 18th-placed Burnley and Hull in 19th.
Their relegation rivals have arguably an easier run-in and Hull also have a game in hand.
West Ham’s new joint owner David Sullivan has said the club, which had debts of £110m when he took over with David Gold, faces “Armageddon” if they are relegated.
Zola’s team were second best throughout, with Scott Parker’s shot hitting the post in the first half and a late consolation goal from Guillermo Franco among few bright moments in a dismal display.
Kevin Doyle, Ronald Zubar and Matthew Jarvis all got on the scoresheet for Mick McCarthy’s team, helping Wolves to ease their relegation worries and lift them to 15th spot.
West Ham face Stoke at home on Saturday but must travel to Liverpool, Everton and Fulham before the end of the season.
Former Chelsea star Zola said he did not welcome fans jeering his players.
“It hurts me very much,” the Italian told BBC Sport. “I have a close bond with this team and I don’t like it. The only way we can do better is to play better and win games. That’s the only way we can react to this.” (BBC Sport)
Things are not looking good for the east London club and Gianfranco Zola is suffering badly with second season syndrome. After guiding West Ham to an excellent ninth place finish last term many at Upton Park would have been hoping to push on and perhaps aim for a Europa League finish but things have not panned out that way.
The Hammers now find themselves just three points from the drop and with some tough games in their run in Zola will need his side to bounce back swiftly from this set back. If he fails to keep the club in the top tier, or perhaps even if he does beat the drop, the Italian boss may well find himself out of a job come the summer.
Do West Ham fans think that Gianfranco is living on borrowed time or should he be given more time to make his mark at the club?