Southampton chairman Nicola Cortese has cancelled clear-the-air talks with club legend Matthew Le Tissier, claiming he broke a privacy agreement, reports BBC Sport.
Le Tissier, who was critical of the decision to sack manager Nigel Adkins, had called for a meeting with Cortese.
"It is now not possible for a meeting to take place in good faith," said a Southampton statement.
"Both parties had agreed that it would be a private meeting with no publicity surrounding it, yet within 24 hours this matter was put in the public domain and further negative comments attributed to Mr Le Tissier have appeared this morning (Wednesday)."
In response, Le Tissier tweeted "meeting with our wonderful executive chairman cancelled - surprise surprise".
The ex-England international has long been critical of Cortese's regime, in the past accusing the Swiss-Italian of having an "ego problem" and describing him as "not a very nice person".
Following the latest developments, Southampton say there will be no meeting and the matter is now closed.