Birmingham City vice-chairman Peter Pannu has launched a withering attack on Blues manager Alex McLeish, insisting that the Scotsman is 'no Jose Mourinho'.
Talks over new contract at St Andrew's have hit the buffers in recent weeks, with Pannu claiming that McLeish is asking for far too much money.
He told the Daily Star: "I have been in talks with his representative and he was asking for a very large amount of money, which I was not prepared to meet.
"He has not been tried and tested yet. The club was relegated, then promoted and last year we stayed up, so he has done well.
"But to suggest that he is in the top class like a Mourinho, well, he is no Mourinho yet. The ball is in his court."
McLeish, who has been linked with the managerial vacancy at nearby Aston Villa, took charge at City in November 2007, following spells in charge of Motherwell, Hibernian, Rangers and the Scotland national team.