Peter Farrell has told the Sentinel that he only found out he would not be a coach at the club after a friend heard a radio interview.
The former Port Vale player was presented to the media as the club’s new first-team coach on June 20 but chairman Norman Smurthwaite revealed to BBC Radio Stoke on Wednesday night that Farrell would not be joining the club.
He told the newspaper: “The last time I heard from them was July 4 and the worst thing about it was I had to get this from the radio.
“I am really disappointed because I was really looking forward to working with Bruno. It would have been more respectful if someone had the decency to ring me up rather than leave it for 10 days.
“I am just disappointed that it didn’t happen in the right way. It is just so disrespectful, especially when I have played for the club and lived there for a long time.
“The only time I heard was when I got a call from a friend of mine in Stoke who said ‘it’s just been on the radio that you are not going to the club’. So, I didn’t have it from any official and that is very disappointing.”