Watford are set to sack Quique Sanchez Flores for a second time following the club's terrible run of form, with former Brighton manager Chris Hughton lined up to take charge.
The Hornets looked set to pick up three valuable points on Saturday evening against Southampton, but two goals in the final ten minutes turned the game on its head, leaving Sanchez Flores on the brink of the sack.
The Spaniard has won only one match since his return to the club, and according to The Athletic, players have lost trust in their struggling coach, and his departure will not be universally mourned.
It is reported that the mood in the Watford dressing room has slowly deteriorated over the past few weeks, and players are losing trust and faith that Sanchez Flores is the man to help turn this wretched season around.
It is also believed that the Spanish boss' decision to introduce Andre Gray in the second half ahead of club captain Troy Deeney severely soured the relationship between the playing staff and coach, adding to the mounting problems which face Sanchez Flores.
The Hornets' only victory under their returning coach came away at struggling Norwich, and although they improved defensively, the bottom of the table side have not picked up enough points to drag themselves away from danger.
Sanchez Flores' time at Vicarage Road appears to be over, and MailOnline Sport report that Chris Hughton is being lined up to lead Watford's relegation escape.
It is understood that there has been contact between the Hornets and the former Brighton boss, and developments between the pair will continue once the sacking of Sanchez Flores has been announced.
Hughton is not the only candidate for the job, however, with Paul Clement reportedly one of a number of names in the frame. But the Watford board are said to be impressed by the ex-Newcastle United bosses' credentials and believe he could be the right choice to drag the club away from the danger zone.