Former Scotland boss Craig Levein has opened legal proceedings against the Scottish Football Association following his sacking last month.
Levein claims the governing body did not honour his contract, insisting he had received no compensation.
A statement on behalf of the former Dundee United manager, sacked after a poor start to Scotland's World Cup qualifying campaign, read: "Mr Levein is very disappointed that the SFA have not honoured his contract.
"He has waited until now before acting in the hope that common sense and dignity would prevail. However, as no proposals have been forthcoming he now has no alternative but to approach the matter through legal channels.
"Mr Levein remains anxious to avoid what could turn into a long and costly exercise for both parties. He believes that the members of the SFA should now encourage their executives to reach a conclusion based on the very clear agreements and commitments entered into by the parties.
"For the record and contrary to some reports, Mr Levein has not received one penny from the SFA since his departure."
The SFA responded with a statement of their own, which said: "Regrettably, the Scottish FA has received notification from lawyers representing Craig Levein that their client has served a writ on the Association.
"This notification has been received despite the Scottish FA's offer to honour Craig's contract in full, an offer that was made immediately upon the Board's decision to relieve Craig of his duties on November 5, 2012.
"The Scottish FA has since received notification that Craig has chosen to resign, thereby foregoing the offer made to honour his contract in full.
"In the notification received, failure to make a proposal in lieu of compensation has been cited. It is the view of the Scottish FA that no such offer is required given Craig's decision to resign, especially since an offer of mediation was rejected by his legal representatives."
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