Aston Villa were rocked earlier this week by the news that newly-appointed directors David Bernstein and Mervyn King had tendered their resignation after just a matter of weeks at the club, and a report from BBC Sport has suggested the reasons for their departure.
King, a lifelong Villa fan and former Governor of the Bank of England, only joined the club as a director at the start of February, and spoke in March of his confidence that they would recover after sweeping changes were made on and off the pitch.
Meanwhile, ex-FA Chairman Bernstein was only appointed in March along with club hero Brian Little, but both he and King shocked fans by leaving the club after such a short time at Villa Park.
The pair's resignations letters hinted at trouble behind the scenes having caused their departures, and according to a report from BBC Sport, it was broken promises and an unsavoury exchange with club owner which were the triggers.
The report suggests that the two men were already unhappy at the lack of progress they were able to make after not being afforded the authority to carry out actions that they were promised upon their arrival.
Though it is thought that they would have been willing to continue in their roles despite that, it is claimed that their positions were made untenable when Lerner responded to a leaked email conversation between the pair in which the American owner was criticised.
Allegedly, Lerner responded with an email of his own in which he harshly rebuked Bernstein and King, and the directors were taken aback by the hostile manner in which the businessman spoke to them.
That led to the duo feeling they could not continue at the club, and they left Villa with the newly-created football board apparently never having held a meeting as a full group.