Mayo GAA chairman Mike Connelly admits the county are in crisis after the football panel took a vote of no-confidence in co-managers Noel Connelly and Pat Holmes after just one season in charge.
"We're in a bad place at the minute," Mike Connelly, brother of Noel, told RTÉ Sport.
"We've got to open up negotiations with players to find out exactly what has caused this problem.
"We've had the process to eliminate anything like this happening."
A planned review meeting for Thursday night between the county board and the players is expected to go ahead but Holmes and Connelly are believed to be determined not to resign.
The Sunday Game analyst Martin Carney believes the Mayo players have painted themselves into a corner after apparently resisting the proposed appointment of former player Liam McHale as coach last year, before Holmes and Connelly were eventually ratified.
"If the players have issued a vote of no-confidence in the management, who do they want in their place?" asked Carney.
"This time last year we were told they didn't want one of Kevin McStay's coaches in the set-up.
"Now they don't want this particular management. Who have they got in mind?
"What manager in his right mind would want to come in and manage Mayo now?"