Leeds United striker Patrick Bamford has taken the flak for his comments on the tactics of Jesse Marsch who was sacked by the club on Monday after seven Premier League games without a win.
Bamford was described as a "joke" by ex-Chelsea forward Chris Sutton in an interview on BBC Radio 5.
The forward had said Sunday's 1-0 loss was "difficult" because Forest's centre-backs "just had me to concentrate on."
According to the 29-year-old, "We needed more runners running past me to drag [Forest's centre-backs] out of position and create a bit more space.
"The whole game was literally two v one, which made it difficult, and unfortunately I couldn't find the answers to solve that."
Irked by his comments, Sutton declared that the striker shouldn't have made such a provoking statement in the public domain.
"Keep it in the confines of the dressing room if that's the way you feel," said the ex-Chelsea striker with angst.
"He's unburdening himself of any responsibility, I don't like that.
"He's not daft - he knows the implications that it will have.
"It will be taken as a criticism of the manager and his tactics.
"He's a joke for bringing that into the public domain."
Leeds who last won in the league on 5 November are 17th in the table, above the relegation zone only on goal difference.
They play Manchester United twice this week before facing fellow strugglers Everton and Southampton.