The Scunthorpe chairman Peter Swann his hit back at Sky Sports pundit Jeff Stelling, who labelled the club’s decision to sack Russ Wilcox as ‘shameful’.
In a statement on the Sky Sports website, Mr Swann said: “I was very disappointed at the content of the so-called opinion of Jeff, re the termination of Russ Wilcox and would like to add the following in reply;
“He has particularly called the action we took as a club as ” shameful” and stated that I actually am telling lies, when I said I respected what Russ had done.
“I can not accept these damaging comments and to say this is a disease particularly in lower league clubs is a sweeping statement with no facts.
“What does he think to Watford, Leeds, Huddersfield and several more I can think of who have taken little time to sack their managers this season?
“We are passionate about our club and we have dealt with a very difficult situation as professionally and with as much dignity as we can. This is our business, within our club and we should be given some respect. Jeff, you do not know me, or Russ, this club, or the fans, but you have decided to have a go without any substance, just conjecture, which can damage reputations of individuals and the club itself.
“I have no reason to explain to you what we have done or why we have done it and you have no right to use the terminology you have, in picking on Scunthorpe Utd.
“The football industry is fickle and harsh, not disrespectful and shameful and we all know there is nothing quite like it. Perhaps articles on players and managers walking away with huge payoffs for being unsuccessful should be your next article, although it certainly is not the case here at Scunthorpe.
“I suggest you show a little more respect and research your facts a little more next time. I won’t forget how you have treated us and I believe you owe us an apology.”