Micky Adams is considering his future as Port Vale boss after being abused by travelling fans at the end of the heavy 5-0 defeat to Bristol City.
The Vale manager took his players over to the supporters to thank them for making the trip to Ashton Gate, but some used the opportunity to unleash a torrent of foul language.
Afterwards Adams said: "I have been abused by fans before, but this was unacceptable. Some of what was said was disgusting.
"I'll leave my future until the end of the season, but it is up in the air at the moment the way I am feeling.
"I have been thinking about whether my course at this football club has run. If my players had walked off the pitch without acknowledging the fans we would have been slaughtered.
"I made a point of getting them to thank the fans and that isn't good enough either. I am going to have a real think about where I go now.
"We were beaten by a better side and I'm disappointed with our efforts, but football people around the country believe we are having a good season."
Jay Emmanuel-Thomas took his goal tally for the season to 20 by hammering home a low drive from the edge of the box in the 16th minute and curling a glorious shot past Sam Johnson following a free-kick in first-half injury time.
That put City 4-0 up at the break. Emmanuel-Thomas had also provided the 41st-minute long thrown that led to Nyron Nosworthy heading home and Sam Baldock fired the third after poor Vale defending had given him room inside the area.
The visitors had Carl Dickinson sent off in the 67th minute for a second yellow card, earned for a late challenge on Emmanuel-Thomas, having been booked just seconds earlier.
And Baldock completed an emphatic win by running onto Wade Elliott's 74th-minute through ball to fire in his 22nd goal of the campaign.
City boss Steve Cotterill said: "A big win has been coming for us, but Vale never gave up. They kept on running which isn't easy when you concede a lot of goals.
"Our goalkeeper made a couple of important saves and the clean sheet pleases me most because I know we can score goals.
"I'm pleased with the way we passed the ball. We are starting to educate our fans to the fact that playing balls across the back or to our keeper is not a negative tactic.
"If they had been a bit more ruthless Baldock and Emmanuel-Thomas would both have hit hat-tricks. The important thing is that we are now creating a lot of chances for them."