Anyone who thought Gary Megson and West Bromwich Albion had buried their respective hatchets would have been forced to revise that opinion yesterday when the Baggies snubbed their former manager by allowing one of his transfer targets to join another club.
Now in charge at Nottingham Forest Megson, who departed The Hawthorns in acrimonious circumstances last October, had made public his desire to take winger Lloyd Dyer on loan to the City Ground.
But instead of helping out the man who guided them to two promotions in three seasons, Albion last night allowed the 22-year-old to join Coventry City until the end of the season.
It will have no doubt been noted in West Bromwich that both teams are in the Championship relegation zone, the Sky Blues are one place higher, with the clubs due to meet in less than a fortnight. Message understood.
The two clubs agreed the deal yesterday which will see Dyer linking up with the Sky Blues first-team at training later today.
A product of Albion's youth system, the left-winger burst on to the scene at the end of last season and played a key role in the Baggies' promotion success with some telling contributions.
Renowned for his speed down the flank and ability to cut open defences, the 22-year-old has made 24 appearances for Albion, scoring two goals, although he has only started one game this season.
"We've had our eye on Lloyd for a while," Adams said. "He's got terrific pace and hopefully will give us the spark we're looking for."
Also included in the deal is a clause which gives Albion the option of recalling Dyer at anytime after 28 days.
He will therefore be available, should he be needed, for Albion's final six Barclays Premiership games against Tottenham Hotspur, Middlesbrough, Blackburn Rovers, Arsenal, Manchester United and Portsmouth.
The Birmingham- born player spent a month on loan at League Two neighbours Kidderminster Harriers at the start of last season, firing his first ever league goal in seven appearances.
And he became something of a super-sub during the second half of Albion's promotion success last term, scoring memorable goals in priceless victories against Crystal Palace and Ipswich Town.
But he has been restricted to just four substitute appearances in the Barclays Premiership this season, his last outing came in the 2-2 draw at Southampton in November.
Dyer will have to wait for at least ten days before he makes his Coventry debut which could come in the crucial relegation battle with Brighton and Hove Albion on April 2 with the showdown with Megson coming four days later.
Dyer's move to Highfield Road will also come as a blow to Walsall boss Paul Merson who made an inquiry about borrowing him for Saddlers' purposes for the remainder of the campaign.
Merson will now have to move fast if he is to find the three new recruits he feels are necessary.