After signing 10 players this summer, the repercussions of Leeds sacking Garry Monk already will not be good.
Leeds United manager Garry Monk
Reports in The Mirror last night claimed Leeds owner Massimo Cellino is already growing impatient with Leeds head coach Garry Monk, and even considered dismissing him after their opening day defeat to QPR.
It sounds frankly ridiculous, but Cellino's track record suggests this would be eerily accurate.
Future results will determine Monk's future one way or another, but if Cellino did take the drastic action to dismiss Monk if he felt it was the correct move, the repercussions could be dire.
The biggest could be that star signing Pablo Hernandez, convinced to gamble and sign for Leeds by Monk, would be unlikely to want to stick around.
Leeds United's Pablo Hernandez scores the winning penalty in the shootout
Hernandez is on loan, with a decision to be made in January to make it permanent, but with no Monk around, the Spaniard may cut and run.
Fellow loanees Matt Grimes and Kyle Bartley, whose deals run to the end of the season, would also be less likely to want to stay on, given they already had a past connection with Monk at Swansea.
Star man Charlie Taylor is already inching towards an exit with just one year remaining on his contract. Another managerial sacking could be the final straw when it comes to his decision.
Charlie Taylor celebrates with team mates after scoring the second goal for Leeds
Leeds have signed 10 players under Monk this summer, but there will come a point where the constant sackings will begin to put potential additions off signing for the club, if it hasn't happened already.
If the direction of the club can change so suddenly without a new vision being allowed to take hold, a player will surely choose a more stable option instead, and Leeds' mid-table mediocrity will not improve or even worsen.
This all sounds terribly gloomy, but Leeds have been in the same cycle ever since Cellino took over, and need to stand by their manager this time.
Hernandez is a top quality player who is just getting warmed up, who Leeds are lucky to have, but if they dismiss Monk, they can forget about signing him permanently.
Leeds owner Massimo Cellino