Former Hull City head of football operations Adam Pearson has spoken of his surprise and disappointment at leaving the club.
Hull owners the Allam family confirmed on Tuesday that Pearson, the club's chairman for six years from 2001, had had his consultancy role terminated 'without notice and without compensation'.
But the 47-year-old, who had been looking forward to helping develop the squad in the summer, believes his sacking was 'totally unjustified'.
He said in a statement: "I wish to register my extreme surprise and disappointment at the sudden, and in my view totally unjustified, termination of my agreement.
"I had very much been looking forward to assisting in the development of a successful Hull City squad this summer.
"I have enjoyed my association with the club and wish them success in the future.
"This matter is now in the hands of my lawyers and I will be making no further comment until it is resolved to my satisfaction."
Speculation had mounted on Monday night that manager Nick Barmby had been suspended for comments made about the club's finances and that Pearson's future was in doubt.
It had also been rumoured that the Allams were ready to sell the club but they flatly denied this on Tuesday and refused to comment on whether or not Barmby had been suspended.