He insists he retains a healthy relationship with chairman Peter Coates and his family - and always will.
"On transfer fees and money spent on the first team," he stated to The Sentinel, "nobody can question the Coates family on the amount of money they have invested in this football club.
"Anybody who says anything else is being disrespectful to a family that should be held in high esteem.
"As I have said before, my relationship with Peter is not just a football relationship, but a personal relationship as well. I class him as a friend, and I mean a friend."