Iain Moody has left his role at Cardiff City, the club have confirmed today, with Alisher Apsalyamov taking over in an interim capacity.
Moody, who helped bring big name signings Steven Caulker and Gary Medel to the Premier League new boys, had been placed on gardening leave earlier in the week, but the club have now confirmed his departure.
Perhaps more surprising than Moody's departure is the club's choice of , with Alisher Apsalyamov taking over as Head of Recruitment on an interim basis. The decision has baffled many, as the 23 year old was painting the ground only last week.
Aspalyamov is thought to be friends with the son of Malaysian owner Vincent Tan.
An official statement on the club's website stated; "Cardiff City Football Club can announce the departure of Head of Recruitment, Iain Moody. Iain is leaving the club with our thanks for his contribution."
"In the interim period, Alisher Apsalyamov has been appointed as Acting Head of Recruitment, focusing on gathering data on individual players. Ultimate recruitment decisions of course remain the domain of the manager and majority shareholder."
"Tan Sri Vincent Tan, the board and the staff at the club are fully committed to the future success of the team and hold a strong desire to compete in the best league in the world."
Tan was fairly dismissive on the repercussions of his decision, saying, "I have every faith in Malky and his team to lead us through the challenges of the Premier League. I have supported him in the past and will do so in the future for many years to come."
"I would say to all Cardiff City fans and everyone connected to the club, let us look forward to the future and remain united in our support of the team."
Tan had previously angered fans by changing the colour of the club's kit from blue to red, something which caused uproar amongst fans. The club's subsequent promotion, backed by Tan's extensive investment, seemed to have smoothed things over between the owner and fans.
But this decision may well come back to haunt Tan, as it could not only lose him the support of the fans, but the services of manager Malkay Mackay as well, who will not doubt be left scratching his head.
He remains the bookie's favourite to be the next Premier League manager to leave his current post.