Mike Ashley will face shareholder unrest again at Sports Direct’s meeting with investors on Wednesday.
Some major investors believe founder Mike Ashley, who owns more than 62%, has too much control over the retailer.
One investor said there had been several “strange missteps” at the firm, including the House of Fraser purchase.
A major bone of contention at the meeting will be the appointment of an auditor, after Grant Thornton resigned in August.
Tom Powdrill, of investor advisory group Pirc, said that if Sports Direct cannot appoint an auditor at the close of the meeting, the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy has the power to step in if necessary.
He told the BBC that the situation at the company is “is absolutely unprecedented”, adding: “This is Sports Direct