The League Managers' Association has launched a scathing attack on former Football Association chairman David Bernstein after he claimed club bosses were setting a "terrible example" by their behaviour.
Bernstein's comments were "misguided, unhelpful and inflammatory" and he failed to engage with the organisation during his time at the FA, the LMA said.
Bernstein, who had spoken out after being awarded the CBE in the New Year Honours, said managers were harassing officials and were being too critical of referees after matches.
The LMA said in a statement: "We believe the comments are misguided, and unhelpful. It is important to recognise that managers in professional football contribute significantly to the success of the game both on and off the field.
"Having spent their lives dedicated to the game, they value it, are committed to seeing it continue to grow and to contribute to its future direction.
"It is particularly sad therefore, to find David Bernstein celebrating his CBE by engaging in a megaphone commentary from the sidelines, taking a unilateral swipe at managers, having wholly failed to engage, in any meaningful way, with the LMA and its members during his tenure as FA chairman."