Former Cardiff City captain Mark Hudson believes the club are hampered by things going on "behind the scenes" and will continue to be for some time yet.
The Huddersfield Town defender, 32, left the Welsh club in September after a five-year spell with the Bluebirds.
On Saturday he faces his former employers for the first time, but says he has nothing to prove since leaving in September.
"I don't have a point to prove," said Hudson.
The Bluebirds bought Hudson, 32, from Charlton in 2009 and he went on to make 165 appearances for the Welsh club.
During his time at the club, Cardiff reached a Championship play-off final, a League Cup final and before securing promotion to the Premier League for the first time as Championship winners in 2013.
But after relegation last year the club are onto their second manager of the season and are closer to the relegation zone than the play-offs and an immediate return to the top flight.
Hudson said: "It's a tough place [Cardiff]. I feel sorry for the players and the fans because there's lots going on.
"All the time there seems to be something going on behind the scenes which is a distraction for the playing staff and everyone involved with the club wanting to do well.
"So that's their problem and I think that's going to be something that carries on for a little while."
Huddersfield are one point and one place above Cardiff in 14th place in the Championship.
Hudson told Sport Wales that he hopes to get a good reception from the Cardiff fans on Saturday and holds the club "close to his heart."
The former Fulham and Charlton centre-back also revealed his frustration behind his exit from the club in the summer saying the goalposts "moved a few times in pre season" under then manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
The Bluebirds travel to Yorkshire in a bid to end a run of seven games without a win and despite his fondness for his former club Hudson hopes their poor run continues on Saturday.
"I do wish them [Cardiff] all the best because I enjoyed my time there," said Hudson.
"But my main focus is to see Huddersfield do as well as we can."
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