Former Hull City striker Dean Windass has sensationally called for the sacking of his old manager Phil Brown less than two years after their double act helped take the Tigers to the Premier League.
Brown brought local boy Windass to the club in January 2007, when his goals helped keep them in the Championship. The following season, Windass scored the only goal of the promotion play-off final, making Brown a Premier League manager - a position Windass now feels Brown should be 'moved on' from just over a year later.
Such are the rumours that Brown is on the way out, a number of bookmakers, including Paddy Power and William Hill, have suspended betting on Brown being the next Premier League manager to leave his job.
The Tigers responded to the ensuing speculation in a statement last night to deny Brown's position was under review. However, uncertainty remained with reports that former chairman Adam Pearson was set to make a shock return to the club.
Pearson last night resigned from his post as chairman of football at Derby and heighten speculation he is set to replace current Tigers chairman Paul Duffen, a close friend of Brown, at the KC Stadium.
Regardless of the powerbroking Windass believes the Tigers are in need of a change of leadership after managing just eight points from their opening 10 games to start the season.
Windass, who left Hull in January, told talkSPORT magazine: "I think sometimes you need a fresh change. Phil's done a fantastic job since he's been there but I think it's time that he should get moved on and bring somebody else in.''
Windass also questioned whether the club could stay up this season, adding: "It's going to be difficult. They're not getting results and they're struggling to score goals at the moment.
"They need a 10-15 goal-a-year striker to get away from the bottom of the table. They've got a little mini-league at the moment and it's important they win games against teams in and around their league.''
Hull sought to play down the speculation surrounding Brown's position in a brief statement on Wednesday, which read: "Contrary to media speculation the club can confirm that Phil Brown has not been sacked and remains the manager of Hull City Football Club.''