A powerful section of Football Association directors will today launch a bid to move the proposed National Football Centre away from Burton-on-Trent to the outskirts of London.
The centre will be the main item on the agenda at an FA board meeting, and a split on the issue is now looming among directors.
It now appears the final decision will be postponed until next year. But a decision may be taken "in principle" - and an influential section of the ten-man board from the professional game is expected to argue that the current site in Staffordshire is too remote to make a centre viable and it needs to be closer to Wembley.
Ipswich Town chairman David Sheepshanks has already said publicly he believes the centre should be closer to London, and it is understood both Premier League chairman Sir Dave Richards and his Football League counterpart Lord Mawhinney will argue the point today that if the FA are going to spend the money - and figures of up to £80 million have been talked about - then it needs to be in the right place.
The main point against that is the fact the FA have already spent £25 million in buying the 350 acres of land and putting 12 football pitches on it, and would only recoup between £5 million and £10 million by selling it off again.
Those in favour of a centre near London will argue there is no point in pouring good money after bad, and that the money would still be lost if no centre is built at all.
They will say a centre needs to be sited where it is most useful.
Burton was chosen as the original site mainly to pacify those who had argued a national stadium should be in the Midlands rather than at Wembley.
There are other factors to be decided by the board as well - firstly whether to have a centre at all, and if so w hat functions it should perform.
The Premier League have argued that in terms of youth development there is no need to have a national school of excellence, such as the French federation established at Clare-fontaine, because that would duplicate much of the Academy system.
The FA have by and large accepted that, and instead proposals will be put forward to have a similar set-up to the Italians' Cover-cino centre near Florence, which is used as a training base for national senior and junior teams, as well as a centre for coaching and refereeing courses.
The FA's management team will also outline how a joint venture with hotel group De Vere could keep costs down at Burton. De Vere would help with the construction costs, and the FA would guarantee to take a number of rooms every year.
The FA's director of football development Sir Trevor Brooking will make a presentation about why he thinks a centre is vital, and the functions it should perform, but his main concern is to make sure that the board agree to setting one up, having put the current site in mothballs since 2004.
Another option to be considered by the board is whether to have a number of much smaller regional hubs rather one national centre.
Meanwhile, Paul Ince says that there is "absolutely no chance" of him working under new England manager Fabio Capello.
Capello and the Football Association are on the lookout for an English coach to join the Italian's backroom staff and former England captain Ince has been heavily tipped to be included.
But MK Dons boss Ince, whose side are five points clear of the League Two table, says he has no desire to step away from a club role and only intends to be a manager for ten years.
Ince said: "There's absolutely no chance of me working with England, it doesn't interest me in the slightest. I enjoy being a manager and I'm not one to play second fiddle to anyone."