Former Dundee manager Paul Hartley is poised to take legal action following his Dens Park dismissal.
Reports suggest the former Dundee FC manager has instructed lawyers to start proceedings against the club.
Hartley had 14 months left on his contract when he was fired earlier this year and it is understood he believes he is due a significant sum in compensation.
However, terms have still to be agreed.
The former Alloa manager guided the Dark Blues to promotion from the Championship in 2014 and the following season helped Dundee FC to a top six finish.
However, the club was dogged by inconsistency in the 2016/17 season and Hartley was eventually dismissed in April following a seven game losing run which left the Dens Park side in the relegation play-off position.
Hartley, who previously played for Celtic, Hearts, Aberdeen and Scotland, was replaced in the hot seat by Sky Sports pundit and former Dundee star Neil McCann.
Initially taking over on an interim basis, McCann guided the team to safety after recording back to back away wins and a home draw in his first three games in charge.
After initially turning down the chance to become boss on a permanent basis, he completed an extraordinary U-turn and was “unveiled” again after deciding the opportunity to manage Dundee was “too good an opportunity to refuse”.