Malky Mackay's future at Cardiff City could be under threat after it was revealed that his right-hand man was suspended by the club.
Iain Moody, who was head of recruitment at the newly promoted Premier League side, had been with Mackay for two years since he took over as manager of the bluebirds, and was also his number two at Watford.
But Moody has been replaced by 23-year-old Kazakhstani Alisher Apsalyamov, who is understood to be a friend of City's owner Vincent Tan's son.
Apsalyamov has no known previous experience in football.
Moody's departure will surely have angered the Scot, who claims his influence was crucial in signing the likes of Steven Caulker, Gary Medel and Kevin Theophile-Catherine.
Mackay has also praised Moody for his input in the club's scouting and recruitment policies.
This isn't the first time that there have been reports of off-the-field bust-ups. There was a reported row between Tan and the Cardiff players during the summer because of end-of-season bonuses.
Tan has also been heavily criticised by Cardiff supporters for being responsible for the decision to change the clubs' traditional home blue shirt to red, and also changing the club badge, although he has backed Mackay by giving him a £30 million transfer kitty following the clubs promotion to the Premier League.
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