Mark Hughes believes rows at Manchester City are inevitable because of the "autocratic" style of his successor as manager, Roberto Mancini.
City's build-up to Sunday's derby game with Manchester United has been marred by the disciplinary action surrounding striker Carlos Tevez.
Hughes is not surprised Mancini gets involved in such incidents. He told various newspapers: "I don't know the guy personally, but looking at him from the outside, he comes across as autocratic. It's either his way or the highway."
He added: "I'm not sure he indulges players, tries to get to know or understand them. I'm not sure he's that type of manager.
"Managing like that in the modern age with modern footballers is more difficult.
"To be an absolute autocrat and not be flexible in terms of how it's going to be done and not understand your decisions can impact on players is difficult, because they do.
"If you manage like that, there are going to be clashes."
On Tevez, who stands accused by City of refusing to warm up during the Champions League clash against Bayern Munich, Hughes added: "I never saw him volatile. I cannot think of an incident with Carlos.
"It would never have happened under my watch."