Sampdoria's old guard apparently saved caretaker boss Alberto Cavasin from the sack after Saturday's 3-0 defeat to Milan at San Siro.
The Blucerchiati are third from bottom in Serie A with five games of the season remaining and risk relegation after a run of nine matches without a win.
A group of Sampdoria ultras attacked the team bus at the weekend, drawing condemnation from the Italian Football Federation.
Il Corriere dello Sport understands Sampdoria were prepared to fire Cavasin on Saturday night and promote former midfielder Francesco Pedone as his replacement.
Sampdoria's directors were unhappy with Cavasin's decision to rest important players like Reto Ziegler and Andrea Poli.
However, the veteran players apparently stepped in to say: "Enough is enough."
It's thought Cavasin will now remain in place until the end of the season come what may.