David Gold has threatened to resign as Birmingham City chairman following the protests that marked the club's relegation from the Premier League.
Gold who, together with his brother Ralph and long-standing friend David Sullivan has been in charge at St Andrew's for 15 years, was so hurt by the treatment meted out to him and his colleagues during Sunday's 4-1 win over Blackburn Rovers, which saw Blues relegated to the Coca-Cola Championship as other results went against them, that he is now considering his position as the public face of Birmingham City.
He is especially angered by the fact Sullivan's children, David Jnr and Jack, were reduced to tears by the verbal abuse aimed at the directors box yesterday and although he accepts that the vocal minority generally outshouts the silent majority, if he feels enough supporters are against him, he will stand down.
How he establishes that fact is difficult, though Gold admitted that the protests during and after the match were the most vehement he has ever seen inside St Andrew's as supporters ran on to the pitch and congregated in front of the Kop where they chanted 'Sack the board'.
"I am a bit distressed by the fans' reaction," Gold said. "I understand the disappointment of relegation. Together, we have been there on a number of occasions going all the way back to Barry Fry getting us relegated from the old second division into the third and, of course, we were relegated two years ago.
"But never, never in all the time I have been at the football club have I seen a large section of fans being abusive. I am very disappointed by it. I want to make it absolutely clear that I am talking about a minority. Is it six, is it one hundred, is it one thousand or is it the majority? If it is the majority, I will be left with no alternative but to resign as chairman of the football club."
But unlike Sullivan, who responded to the abuse b y expressing his desire to leave in the summer and exhorted his friend to buy his shares, Gold promised not to leave the club in the lurch.
"That is not to say I would give up the responsibility I have at Birmingham City Football Club because that responsibility is to my fellow board members, the staff of Birmingham City and all the good fans that have stood by us for these 15 years," he said.
"It is a particularly sad day. At the moment, I feel down and very depressed, but that is not unexpected when you have been relegated. If you then add that very sad verbal attack by the fans, then it is very distressing."
Gold said he did not feel any animosity towards the masses who voiced their anger but was unhappy with the handful who turned on the directors box.
"They are the ones that really hurt because you can see the hatred in their eyes. You can almost excuse the chants of 'Board out, board out' because it is their frustration and they are getting rid of that. If I wasn't chairman, I would probably be joining them.
"But what I wouldn't be joining in was the venomous verbal attack that was unpleasant, particularly as we know the team has not been relegated because of today but over 38 matches.
"I couldn't quote a single word of what they said. You don't have to hear a word, you just see the hatred in their eyes and in their faces coming towards us as a board and two young children. That's why it's so painful.
"I feel dreadful right now but I have felt dreadful in my life before. What I have learned is that, on the Sunday, you can feel dreadful but by the time Wednesday comes, the adrenalin starts pumping and you want to fight back. I've got a feeling that will probably happen to me.
"I don't know but just like I did after relegation with Barry Fry. I woke at six o'clock in the morning having had a terrible journey home from Tranmere Rovers, phoned my brother and said 'I think we should invest in Barry and give him £1 million.'
"That's how excited I was, going from deep from depression to the adrenalin pumping and realising no-one had died and I had to pull myself together."
But there was also contrition on Gold's part. The chairman admitted it was not only the players, whose failure to keep a clean sheet since December 26 and poor away form undermined their cause, who had made mistakes.
The fateful decision to sell to Carson Yeung led to the departure of manager Steve Bruce and meant his replacement, Alex McLeish, had to start rebuilding in January and was left with insufficient time to shore up Birmingham's wobbling defence.
"We made a number of mistakes," Gold confessed. "I carry them heavy on my shoulders at the moment. The takeover bid should have been more positive. It should have been in place, done and dusted within a short period of time. Not dissimilar to many of the others in the Premier League.
"Our mistake was being gentlemen and allowing time for the consortium to put in place the funds required, instead of saying the deal would have to be done in 30 days and not a moment later.
"That going on and on actually culminated in the loss of Steve Bruce. There is no doubt in my mind he left for Wigan because of the uncertainty and a number of other issues.
"The one silver lining to this dreadful set of circumstances is we have in place, in Roy [Aitken], Andy [Watson] and Alex, one of the best management teams available." Which Birmingham will need if they are to extricate themselves from the Championship yet again.