One of the more surprising rumours swirling around in today’s gossip columns is that Watford are thinking about sacking Quique Sanchez Flores.
The 51-year-old manager has guided the Hornets to their first FA Cup semi-final since 2007 and has already reached the magical 40 points that all-but guarantee the Hertfordshire club will spend another season in the Premier League.
However, when you look at the recent history of the team, you can see that this decision makes a lot of sense.
The Elton John-supported outfit won promotion from the Championship last term and did so on the back of a lot of changes in the dugout.
Beppe Sannino started the campaign in the hot-seat at Vicarage Road. He himself had only taken over the previous December from Gianfranco Zola, but was gone by the end of August despite winning four of his first five outings.
Dressing room unrest led to Sannino’s departure and he was replaced by Oscar Garcia, with the former Brighton manager taking up the position at the start of September.
Unfortunately, health reasons meant Garcia was unable to see out the month and Billy McKinlay was promoted from first-team coach to take over.
After just over a week, the Scotsman was gone, with former Partizan Belgrade manager Slavisa Jokanovic coming in.
During this period of upheaval, Watford went unbeaten and were top of the league after Jokanovic’s first game.
Clearly, the vision the Pozzo family, principal owners of the club, have is enough to sustain them through changing circumstances and this is further highlighted through their growth this season.
The ownership conglomerate have a similar set up at Udinese and Granada, with strong player recruitment gazumping the importance of coaching staff.
This campaign has seen 21 new players head to Vicarage Road, either through transfer or loan with 22 departing, along with the managerial swap at the start of the season.
Such change normally has a negative effect on a side, but Watford have adjusted to life in the Premier League.
Therefore, if the Pozzos no longer feel that Flores is the man to take them forward, history backs them up that the team should be just fine.