Surprise talks between former Newcastle United boss Kevin Keegan and the club's owner Mike Ashley have reportedly broken down.
The 57-year-old left St James' Park last week but the League Managers' Association has reported that Keegan and Ashley held talks that covered several issues, but did not reach a "satisfactory conclusion".
Keegan quit after eight months in his second spell as Magpies boss after stating he had no control over transfer dealings.
The former England manager's contract with the club is thought to have included a clause that whichever party broke it would owe the other £2million in compensation.
It has been suggested Keegan could try to counter this by pursuing a claim for constructive dismissal.
Newcastle fans angry at Keegan's departure are due to stage demonstrations before, during and after the home game against Hull City on Saturday.
However, caretaker boss Chris Hughton has urged the club's supporters to get behind the players, saying: "We appreciate things may be difficult for the fans at the moment.
"But one thing Newcastle supporters are renowned for is their support of the team."