Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy is delaying offering manager Harry Redknapp new terms.
The Sun says Redknapp, 65, wants to tear up the remaining 12 months of his current £3million-a-year contract and replace it with a new three-year one which will include a significant pay increase.
But Levy is not keen to offer anything longer than a one-year extension so it looks like the two men will spend the summer in a prolonged tug-of-war.
Levy feels Redknapp was responsible for failing to secure a top-three finish and a guarantee of Champions League football because he was distracted by talk of becoming the next England manager.
But the Redknapp camp insist the target issued by the chairman was a top-four finish and that it was hardly his fault Chelsea became kings of Europe to pip Spurs to the fourth Champions League spot.