Cardiff City manager Malky Mackay has been told by owner Vincent Tan to resign or he will be sacked.
In a letter emailed to Mackay on Monday, it is understood Tan listed in depth his grievances with the Scot.
Tan criticised 41-year-old Mackay at length in a range of areas, such as signings, transfer budgets, results on the pitch and style of play.
The Malaysian businessman also questioned the former Watford manager's record as a boss.
Mackay has previously said he will not resign.
A Cardiff spokesman told BBC Sport: "The club is not party to any letter sent from one person to another."
The correspondence came on the same day the Malaysian businessman issued a statement through Cardiff chief executive Simon Lim criticising Mackay.
Tan said he was "extremely upset" after Mackay revealed he was hoping to recruit three new players in the January transfer window.
The ex-Scotland international, who was named Cardiff boss in June 2011, led the Welsh club to promotion from the Championship seven months ago, but his future became uncertain when head of recruitment, Iain Moody, was removed from his position in October.
One of Tan's concerns surround a perceived overspend of the transfer budget agreed between Mackay, Lim and Moody.
The owner claims the total budget was £35m and that £50m was spent including add-ons.
Mackay and Moody have denied those claims, insisting the £35m was solely for transfer fees and that Lim and Tan had no complaints about that rising with add-ons.
The Bluebirds, who are 15th in the Premier League, are away to Liverpool on Saturday.