The League Manager's Association has described Cardiff Chief Executive Simon Lim's criticism of former Manager Malky Mackay as 'inappropriate'.
Richard Bevan, the Chief Executive of the LMA, said: "It is most unfortunate that Mr Lim has chosen to speak out in this way.
"Mr Lim is aware that there is a legal process under way between Malky Mackay and Cardiff City and it is both inappropriate and unprofessional for either party to be making public statements of this nature at this time.
"All football clubs at the elite level have systems in place for corporate governance. Cardiff City is no exception. A manager, even in the Premier League, does not go out and "sign" players.
"All recommendations go to his CEO and board, essentially the Chief Executive on the board's behalf - deals with all financial arrangements to finalise any signings."