Charlton manager Lee Bowyer wants his contract sorted this weekend – or it could scupper their chances of signing players in January.
The Addicks boss has been told by new chairman Matt Southall they will not talk about his deal until the end of this month’s transfer window.
But Bowyer has already been asked by one possible signing whether the former Leeds star will still be in charge if he agrees to come to the Valley.
Pivotal striker Lyle Taylor also wants it sorted, says Bowyer.
The Valley manager, whose contract ends in June, said: “I want to put it to bed. Everyone knows I want to be at the club.
“I want Matt and my agent Rob Segal – who is coming to the West Brom home game tomorrow – to put a contract together this weekend.
“There is no reason why they can’t. They are both in the same place.
“Matt has told me that is what they will do.
“There is no reason to wait until the end of the month when they are sitting in front of each other.
“They should put something together, so that hopefully by next week, I will be signed.
“Stability going forward is the most important thing.
“Lyle wants me to sign a new contract.
“I met a player on Wednesday night and when I do, their first question is ‘How long are you going to be there?’
“No one wants to sign for a club if the manager’s future is not clear – because if he goes, he might not like the new one, but he is stuck there for three years.
“Everyone wants me to sign a new contract.
“Matt has said I am a big part of moving the club forward.”
Cardiff approached Bowyer to take over as boss in November – though Bowyer would not confirm it was them who wanted him in their hotseat.
“When there was an approach for me, Matt said ‘Don’t go – you are a big part of our ambitions. We want you to stay.’
“That is what he said before.
“I have no doubt we will sort it out. Now is the right time to do it.”