Middlesbrough chief executive Keith Lamb has slammed former boss Gareth Southgate for saying that he did not sign Afonso Alves.
The Brazilian striker moved to the Riverside Stadium in January 2008 for £12.7million but struggled during his time on Teesside, scoring only ten goals in 42 league appearances for the club.
He was eventually sold to Al-Sadd just over 12 months ago to bring an unhappy episode to an end.
Southgate was recently quoted in a national newspaper saying that the decision to sign Alves was not his own, but Lamb has angrily hit back at such a suggestion, telling the Evening Gazette: "I'm personally surprised and disappointed not only with the timing of Gareth's announcement but that he has chosen to make these comments at all.
"Gareth has publicly confirmed his involvement in signing Alves on more than one previous occasion and that was absolutely accurate.
"The truth is that in the 25 years I have been with the club no player has been signed without the full agreement of both the manager and the chairman.
"The manager has always had the final say on potential signings because it is his team and that was very much the case with Alves.
"Ultimately, it didn't work out for Alves at Middlesbrough and we had to move him on due to the financial implications of relegation from the Premier League, but we all felt at the time that the player had an excellent pedigree and would score goals in the Premier League."