Watford do not intend to sack their manager Quique Sanchez Flores, despite the Hornets' lacklustre form since the 54-year-old took over.
Sanchez Flores replaced Javi Gracia in September and since then they have picked up just one win and seven points from nine games - with the club rooted to the bottom of the Premier League table.
Most recently, Watford succumbed to a disappointing 3-0 home defeat to Sean Dyche's Burnley. Their performance starkly exposed their lack of offensive firepower and defensive frailties, leading to speculation over the Spaniard's future.
However, Sky Sports News report that Sanchez Flores remains secure in his job for the foreseeable future, despite earlier reports from the Telegraph that suggested he was on the brink of being axed.
This apparent vote of confidence comes after the Hornets boss was heavily criticised on Sky's Sunday Supplement by football writer Steve Bates.
When asked who he thought would be the next Premier League manager to be sacked, Bates opted for the Watford boss, rather than West Ham's Manuel Pellegrini or Arsenal's Unai Emery, who are also under pressure.
"When you are losing 3-0 at home to Burnley, no disrespect, then alarm bells are ringing. They've won just one game all season. That's not good enough," the People's chief football writer claimed.
As well as the disappointment result defeat to the Clarets this weekend, Watford were thumped 8-0 by Manchester City in September, while they were also eliminated from the Carabao Cup at the hands of Everton - who are managed by former Hornets boss Marco Silva.
Sanchez Flores' chances of being replaced are increased by the club's owner, Gino Pozzo's trigger-happy approach to managerial recruitment.
The Spaniard - who is now in his second spell at the club - represents the fifth different managerial tenure since Slavisa Jokanovic was dismissed in June 2015, an indication of the willingness of Pozzo to replace his manager if he deems results to not be good enough.
Pozzo is a hands-on executive and has consistently displayed a willingness to replace the manager if results are not good enough.
For more from Matt O'Connor-Simpson, follow him on Twitter!