Sheffield United boss Neil Warnock has claimed Joe Kinnear's attack on him was designed to divert attention from Nottingham Forest's plight.
Kinnear accused Warnock of pressurising referee Graham Salisbury into booking his players during Tuesday's 1-1 draw.
But Warnock told BBC Sport: "Because Forest are struggling and he's under pressure, Joe couldn't find anything about his team to talk about.
"Any comments Joe has to make about me are water off a duck's back."
Warnock hit back after Kinnear dubbed the Blades' boss "a complete prat" following a stormy 1-1 draw at Bramall Lane.
But Warnock said: "The game was so one-sided he's talking about me to try and divert attention.
"It's probably why he attend the post-math news conference, he would have been asked questions and had to talk about his team."
Warnock also accused referees of "overreacting" after Alan Quinn became the third Blades' player dismissed in four matches.
The Blades' boss said: "I was always told the best referees are the ones you don't notice, but it seems that now they almost seem obliged to do something.
"A lot of the time, they see things that aren't there, and miss things that are.
"They overreact and that's because they haven't played the game at this level.
"At the moment, we seem to be getting the wrong end of the stick with refereeing decisions."