Ian Holloway clashed with Jose Campana during his final game in charge of Crystal Palace, it has been revealed.
The 50-year-old parted company with the south London club on Wednesday following 48 hours of crisis talks with co-chairman Steve Parish in the aftermath of Monday's 4-1 home defeat to Fulham.
The Daily Mail says Holloway was embroiled in a heated confrontation with Campana after the Spaniard refused accept criticism of his first-half display.
Holloway is said to have been far from impressed with Campana's performance during the opening 45 minutes and let the Spain Under-21 international know of his displeasure.
The situation escalated when Campana angrily answered his manager back, much to his team-mates and Holloway's surprise.
Campana's petulance left Holloway - who viewed the move as a challenge to his authority - furious and the manager made the instant decision to substitute the 20-year-old in place of Jerome Thomas.
Speaking on Wednesday as he confirmed his exit, Holloway said: "Some of the new lads, their attitude, I’m finding it slightly annoying."
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