Marco Silva continues to be linked with the Vicarage Road exit door, with Sky Sports reporting Everton have persisted in their attempts to capture the Watford manager.
It would represent a serious blow to the Hornets, who have made a strong start to the season and have shown progress already under the former Hull City boss.
However, there remains a very real possibility that Silva could depart and so Watford might have to make plans for a replacement.
And reports in Italy suggest they already have. The print edition of Tuttosport (Nov 24, pg22) reported that Watford may move for sacked Italy coach Gian Piero Ventura if Silva leaves. Surely, though, Watford could and should aim higher.
Ventura might be a big name right now, but that is only because of his incredible failure with Italy. While this is far from a vintage Azzurri group, there is still more than enough quality to cruise to World Cup qualification.
Watford's success under Silva has seen a talented group fulfil their potential - in vast contrast to the struggles of Marco Verratti, Lorenzo Insigne and Andrea Belotti in Italy shirts.
The 69-year-old Ventura has enjoyed a lengthy coaching career, but he has never enjoyed sustained success.
With Watford now an established Premier League club - and even threatening to kick on towards the top six - they must be looking for someone with greater pedigree than the Italian.