Fabio Capello has accused John Terry of making "a very big mistake" with his staggering attack on the England World Cup set-up.
Terry went public with his grievances on Sunday and indicated he was willing to raise them at a pre-planned team meeting, even if they upset the Italian. But in the end, having found he had no support amongst his team-mates and having been politely informed challenging Capello was not a great idea, the 29-year-old backed down.
And Capello told ITV1: "This is the big mistake, this is the very big mistake."
Clearly, Capello is incredulous that his authority should be challenged by a player - his captain until he stripped him of the honour in February over well-publicised personal issues - in a public forum.
"My door is always open. If people want to speak with me they can speak with me," added the Italian.
"Every time we have a meeting I ask the captain, problems? You want to say something? Never.
"Then I read that John Terry said this, I don't understand why he doesn't speak with me.
"When you speak you have to speak privately, not with the media.
"I think he is more disappointed. I know sometimes players want to speak more with you (the media) than with the other players.
"But the mistake is that you have to speak with the players, with me, with the dressing room."