Craig Bellamy has pledged his support to Cardiff manager Malky Mackay, but feels the club are considerably worse off without Iain Moody.
Moody has left his role as Mackay's head of recruitment at Cardiff City Stadium, and been replaced by 23-year-old Kazakhstani Alisher Apsalyamov on an interim basis.
Apsalyamov is thought to be a friend of Cardiff owner Sri Vincent Tan's son and appears to have no previous experience in football.
The decision would appear to undermine Mackay's position but it is understood the Scot has no intention of resigning, and the club have denied reports Mackay was asked to leave his post.
Mackay had, though, repeatedly praised his former colleague's diligence in helping bring the likes of Steven Caulker, Gary Medel and Fraizer Campbell to the club, and Bellamy said: “Iain is a huge loss for us, a huge, huge loss because he is outstanding.
“Any club with Iain Moody is a miles better club, without a shadow of a doubt.”
Striker Bellamy is one of the senior players at the club, and he has pledged his support for Mackay, rating him among the brightest talents around.
“As a manager Malky is the best young British manager out there and what he's done for this club in a short space of time is nothing short of remarkable,” Bellamy said. “We've got a group of players and fans who are united -- and he's done all that.
“He's responsible for the connection between the fans and the players. We are such a tight-knit group now, the discipline he has brought into this club is remarkable.”
He added: “I'm just a player, I can only talk from a player's point of view and I can't try and dictate to anyone above me but the simple fact is I am very fortunate as a player to be working with the guy.
“He's certainly brought everyone together at Cardiff and we needed that. That's not being disrespectful to the managers who were here before him but he's taken it on to another level.
“He's united the city and being from Cardiff that makes me feel very proud.”