David O'Leary has revealed his "dissatisfaction and disappointment" at Sven-Goran Eriksson's remarks last week, given to an undercover reporter, regarding a possible takeover as manager of Aston Villa.
Eriksson talked about becoming Villa manager as part of a hypothetical buy-out of the club discussed with a national newspaper journalist who was posing as a rich Arab businessman.
Despite incurring the ire of O'Leary, the man who is the Villa manager has vowed to continue to co-operate with England's head coach.
O'Leary said: "It is not acceptable that the national coach speaks publicly about replacing another manager while he is in the post.
"I have given Sven every cooperation whenever he has asked and even supported the early finish to the season to allow more time for his World Cup preparation.
"I will of course continue to give the necessary co-operation, but want recorded my dissatisfaction and disappointment at his comments."
Eriksson has publicly been backed by the FA but will probably have to do some equally fast talking to persuade his paymasters that his professed loyalty is genuine.
Senior figures in the FA are fed up with yet another Eriksson controversy after his high-profile affairs and previous revelations of his talks with Chelsea and Manchester United.
In an article in the News of the World last Sunday, Eriksson identified Villa as a club that he saw as ripe for a takeover.
"The chairman [Doug Ellis] is an old man today," Eriksson said. "He's sick."
Eriksson spoke of being able to lure David Beckham, the England captain, to Villa Park. "I'll phone Beckham," Eriksson said.
"Beckham and I, we have a relationship like that (he crossed his fingers). We are friends, but a lot of respect. He will come back tomorrow. And it's up to me to convince him that this is the right place to be. Aston Villa will sell more shirts in one week than they did for the last ten years."
Richard Des Voeux, Eriksson's lawyer, is said to have claimed that there were "ways and means once Sven is happy of getting him out" of his contract with the Football Association.
Eriksson added: "If I just walk out and the next day I work for Aston Villa then they will ask for money."
O'Leary's remarks will not hasten Eriksson's exit but the prevailing mood may yet force the England head coach to state his intentions after the World Cup. The FA may already be pondering his successor.
Alan Curbishley, one of those whose names have been mentioned as a possible candicate to take over the England role, labelled Eriksson naive but the Charlton manager also called for the country to unite behind the England team.
Curbishley said: "I know he's apologised to the players concerned. We've all got to get on with it. A little bit of naivety has crept in, as it has before on a couple of occasions with Sven. He'll live and learn.
"I wouldn't think the FA are in a situation where they're considering a short-list of candidates to replace Sven."
But Curbishley also believes the FA should be thinking about successors. He said: "The FA should be looking into who is around, getting them into the international scene, seeing what they have to offer and encouraging them."