Port Adelaide legend Warren Tredrea has blasted the club for the sacking of Matthew Primus as coach, calling the board 'gutless' for their decision.
Primus, who was a team-mate of Tredrea's at the Power, saw his time in charge end on Monday when the club announced they would not take up the optional third year of his contract - just two days after the club were embarrassed by expansion side Greater Western Sydney by 34 points at Skoda Stadium.
Port have appointed assistant coach Garry Hocking - a former Geelong legend - as their caretaker coach for the remainder of the season.
Tredrea, who kicked 549 goals in 255 games for Port Adelaide including 81 in their premiership-winning season of 2004, let rip on the club's handling of Primus' departure from Alberton Oval.
"The board has sacked him yet they sent the CEO (Keith Thomas) and the football manager (Peter Rohde) to tell Matthew Primus that his job is no longer," Tredrea told Triple M.
"Two, I think this is a disgrace ... he's a club legend. You don't shit on your club legends. You don't treat your people like that. You do it in the right fashion.
"Matty Primus has just been shafted and told 'bang, you are gone'. Emergency board meeting ... it just reeks for me of jumping at (making) decisions. (With) four games to go, surely it could have been handled better."
Tredrea said that a provision of Primus' initial employment - decided in 2010 after he impressed during a spell as caretaker in the same year - was that he had a senior coach employed around him, but that Port Adelaide failed to land a suitable candidate.
He also revealed that the club's review into their performance was set to recommend Primus be kept on as Port Adelaide coach prior to Saturday's defeat against the Giants, a loss he described as the 'worst in the history of the football club'.
"There's been a review going on," he said.
"This review was going to employ Matthew Primus next Monday for another year. Tell me (the board haven't) jumped at shadows. It is absolutely ridiculous."
Speaking before the club's decision to appoint Hocking for the rest of 2012, Tredrea said that both the former Cat and Shaun Rehn - who was linked with the position - would not be a chance to win the job permanently.
"Rumour is Shaun Rehn or Buddha Hocking (will take over). Two guys who are assistant coaches ... (they) are not going to coach Port Adelaide next year. (They are) not in the running to do it," Tredrea said.On a day of turmoil at Port Adelaide, president and director Brett Duncanson also stood down from the club, although he will remain in position for the rest of the year at the request of the Power's board.