Talks between Reading and Jaap Stam about the managerial vacancy at the Madejski hit a problem late last night, according to the Daily Mail.
The former Manchester United defender remains strong favourite to replace Brian McDermott in the hotseat following his dismissal by the Championship club yesterday. Ex-Athletico Madrid star Milinko Pantic is another name being linked with the role.
Stam, 43, is currently the assistant boss with Ajax and keen to launch his own managerial career, with the Royals eager to hand the Dutchman his big chance.
But they will first have to overcome the hurdle which disrupted what are believed to be advanced negotiations, although talks are set to resume between both parties this weekend to get the deal back on.