Former Olympique de Marseille defender Eric Di Meco has cast doubt over Diego Maradona's ability as a coach, and suggested that Montpellier would be destabilised by his arrival.
Club chairman Louis Nicollin has recently expressed his intention to sound out the 52-year-old as a replacement for current boss Rene Girard, whose contract expires at the end of the season.
However, Di Meco, writing in a blog for RMC Sport, believes this would be an extremely ill-judged move.
"This is the worst thing that could happen," he said of the potential appointment.
"There is still doubt about Maradona's qualities as a coach. He has no achievements. I feel that he is capable of derailing a club which has worked well for years within six months.
"[Montpellier] is a healthy club, with a trainer, a structure that works well - it is a people's club. If he [Nicollin] wants to sustain the club, do not bring in Maradona.
"It must be Jean Fernandez, Antoine Kombouare, Luis Fernandez... whoever. Someone who has a vision of the club in the long term.
"This is why I do not even believe in this story."
Maradona is currently under contract with the Dubai Sport Council, working as a global ambassador for the institution.