David Flitcroft has suggested former Chief Executive Don Rowing's recent radio rant about him was done in an effort to deter clubs from employing him.
Rowing – who retired in the summer – was interviewed by Radio Sheffield after Flitcroft's departure last month. "I think it [this season] was a step too far for the lad," Rowing said.
"He did very well last year but that was with a bit of a siege mentality and I think this season we have seen what he is capable of. David's luck ran out."
The Chronicle understands the pair barely spoke towards the end of Rowing's reign and Flitcroft would have been unwilling to work with Rowing this season.
Flitcroft, who is now manager of Bury, said: "Is Don trying to stop me working again? I have no control over what he says, I can only control what I say. I've had a conversation with Don since his comments but I want to go out with dignity and class.
"I won't go down the legal route. We all make mistakes and I'll forgive Don. I don't want to open the can of worms that I could do. I do my business privately and won't slaughter people publicly. It's too easy to do that. Don has to get on with his life and I'll get on with mine."