Millwall chief executive Andy Ambler says the club's players must take some responsibility for their struggle in the Championship this season.
The Lions are 23rd, eight points from safety, having sacked manager Ian Holloway last week.
"Ian has taken a lot of the criticism and that goes with the territory," Ambler told BBC London 94.9.
"I'm amazed some of the players haven't taken as much criticism as maybe they should have done."
He added: "We moved a lot of those players on in January and brought some new ones in, as that is the decision the chairman [John Berylson] made in order to revive our fortunes.
"Results picked up, with two wins away at Nottingham Forest and Birmingham, but ultimately the home form continued to be dreadful.
"It was a situation that became untenable. After the defeat against Rotherham it became a self-fulfilling prophecy of where we had to go."
Former Lions striker Neil Harris has been appointed as caretaker manager and has taken one point from his two games in charge.
Ambler believes the south London club will be able to rebuild even if they are relegated to League One.
"Neil has been a breath of fresh air and we will give it our best shot until we are no longer in the Championship, although we hope we are," he said.
"If not we will come back again and be stronger next time for it because we have a very good chairman who is committed, is not going anywhere, and wants to see this club succeed.
"We want to be in the Championship competing, not barely surviving."