In his own speech yesterday morning announcing he would drop out of the race to replace David Cameron in Number 10, Mr Johnson sent a hidden message to his former ally branding him a ‘backstabber’.
An insider on the ex-London Mayor’s team allegedly described Mr Gove as “a c*** who set this up from the start”.
Mr Gove had earlier said Mr Johnson “cannot provide the leadership” needed to lead Britain out of the EU, dealing a fatal blow to fellow Tory’s bid for Downing Street.
Today Mr Gove said he “came to realise this week for all Boris’s formidable talents he was not the right person” to lead Britain out of the EU.
Mr Gove will now battle with fellow challengers Theresa May, Andrea Leadsom, Stephen Crabb and Liam Fox to lead the Tory party and the country.
In a series of ballots beginning next Tuesday, Tory MPs will whittle the candidates down to a final two.
This pair will then be voted on by the Conservative membership, with the new prime minister to be elected by September 9.
But, in a blow to Mr Gove, the bookies have not seen much enthusiasm for him becoming prime minister.
William Hill today cut the price of Mrs May becoming the next Conservative Party leader from 4/9 to 4/11 after a run of support for her this morning.
At the same time Mr Gove drifted from 9/4 to 7/1.
A spokesman said: “We have not taken a single bet on Michael Gove today – it looks like his leadership bid has stalled before it has even started.”