Coventry City striker Gary McSheffrey has attacked the management style of Leeds United manager Simon Grayson - and claimed he and Michael Doyle should have been Grayson's first two signings last summer.
McSheffrey, who completed the second half of last season on loan at Elland Road from Birmingham City, made the comments ahead of this weekend's game between Leeds and Coventry at the Ricoh Arena.
The 28-year-old revealed that United had first option to sign him on a free transfer from Birmingham but said Grayson and his staff "didn't want me" on the back of a forgettable half-season loan in West Yorkshire.
McSheffrey made 11 appearances and scored once but his performances failed to impress Grayson and the forward appeared only twice during the last two months of the term.
United made no attempt to sign McSheffrey permanently at the end of the season with his contract at Birmingham coming to an end, allowing Coventry to recruit their former trainee on a free transfer.
Grayson also declined to pursue a long-term agreement with midfielder Doyle, who spent the whole of last season on loan at Elland Road and played 52 times in a campaign which ended in promotion from League One.
Both McSheffrey and Doyle are likely to feature in Coventry's squad during Saturday's Championship clash at the Ricoh Arena.
McSheffrey said: "They had first dabs on me to stay there. Michael Doyle played (52) games for them last year and I think the first two signings they should have made in the summer were me and Doyler.
"But Simon Grayson and his staff didn't want me – it's as simple as that. I haven't spoken to him since I left, which I find a bit disappointing on a man-to-man basis.
"You expect better man management really, a bit more respect, but that's all in the past now and there are no sour grapes."