Notts County chief executive Jim Rodwell admits he must share the blame for the Magpies' place at the bottom of League One under Chris Kiwomya.
The Meadow Lane club is searching for their seventh manager since February 2010, when Rodwell took over as CEO.
"I need to look at myself - I'm as responsible as anyone else for appointing the manager," Rodwell told BBC Radio Nottingham.
"The manager becomes the fall guy in these circumstances, but it's not all down to him.
"We all have to accept responsibility - the board of directors and players. We all need look at ourselves and ask what we could have done better.
"There is a lot of soul searching that needs to go on."
Rodwell said former Ipswich Town, Arsenal and Queens Park Rangers striker Kiwomya was the victim of a range of issues affecting the club since he took over from Keith Curle in February.
"I don't think he got us to the bottom of the league," Rodwell said.
"We probably had too many players out of form at one time and the squad is low on confidence.
"There was a culmination of factors that created the perfect storm."
Rodwell insists their would be no rush to appoint Kiwomya's successor, with former Nottingham Forest and England midfielder Steve Hodge put in temporary charge.
Steve Cotterill has been linked with a return to Meadow Lane, while former Wolves and Doncaster manager Dean Saunders and Danny Wilson, the ex-Swindon and Sheffield Wednesday boss, are also among the favourites to succeed Kiwomya.
"No decision is imminent," Rodwell said.
"My phone has been absolutely red hot with text and voice messages.
"It is still a very attractive club to come to for lots of managers - good mangers, experienced managers, those who want an opportunity in the game.
"My goodness, we need to find someone that is going to take us forward - that is a fact."