Hull City chairman Adam Pearson has launched a scathing attack on the decisions made by the Premier League strugglers during the reign of predecessor Paul Duffen.
Pearson has regularly gone public with his dismay at the situation he inherited at KC Stadium in October when he re-took the reins at the club.
He had been chairman of the Tigers until summer 2007 when he left to take over at Derby County and Duffen was installed at the Hull helm.
Duffen led the club to promotion to the Premier League but resigned earlier in the season amid growing talk of financial problems at the club.
Writing in the match programme ahead of Wednesday's 2-0 home defeat to Aston Villa, Pearson said: "The prospect of relegation should not need to be the doomsday scenario that everyone currently discusses and worries about.
"The financial planning just needed a bit of basic strategy and common sense applying to it back in summer 2008 and even more so when the team survived on the last day of the season in 2009.
"In my personal opinion the decisions made by Mr Duffen at that point were extremely short-sighted and lacking in business sense and specific football knowledge.
"He seems, albeit with the advantage of hindsight, to have had no understanding of the industry, Hull City AFC or the city of Hull itself.
"The problems which were apparent throughout 2009 should have been at the forefront of the summer transfer and business dealings. Instead, the wage bill was increased even further.
"The safety valve of pragmatic realism was cut off and the club under Mr Duffen spent money it didn't have.
"This is not ambition or 'giving it a go' or 'living the dream', it is, in my personal view, poor business sense and lack of moral responsibility.
"Just under £6million spent on agents' fees in two years and the deal breakdown and size of agent payments is morally abhorrent.
"A wage bill of just under £40million when the club turnover is £50million in the Premier League.
"These figures, added to the significant transfer fees owed, clearly show that the maths don't add up."