Chris Hughton's proposed deal to become West Brom's new manager is being held up by discussions over his bonuses for saving the club from relegation.
The former Newcastle boss is in the final stages of agreeing a contract.
Hughton's agent, Rob Seagal, flew in from his home in Spain to finalise the deal, but it seems the two sides are still some way apart in the figures.
With just a day to go before Albion kick off against West Ham, Michael Appleton looks set to cover in a caretaker capacity, although he has admitted he would like the job on a permanent basis.
Appleton said: 'As far as I'm concerned the club want me to look after all first-team affairs until further notice.
'I'm pretty confident in saying I'll be given the game against West Ham to deal with. 'Yes, I'd like to be a manager and I would want it to be under different circumstances but when opportunities arise, then you have to take them.
In charge (for now): Appleton wants the job on a permanent basis
'If we get three points on Saturday and that opportunity presents itself, so be it.'
Wolves owner Steve Morgan has decided to press ahead with the first stage of Molineux's ?40million redevelopment, regardless of whether or not the club are relegated.
The first part of the re-build, costing ?16m, has been given the go-ahead by Morgan, who said he wants Molineux to be 'a source of immense civic pride' for the city. He hopes to increase capacity eventually to more than 37,000.
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