Not in the eyes of the Pozzos, though, who have now put their trust in former Inter Milan and Napoli boss Mazzarri, 54.
His task is to ensure Watford retain their Premier League status by the time we get to May, plus leave one or two of the big boys with a bloody nose.
Didn’t Flores do that? In contrast to his predecessors, Mazzarri has been given time to achieve this kind of success. His three-year deal almost trebles that of those who have come and gone before him.
Watford ignored £23m offers for striker Troy Deeney – good move. Now they need Odion Ighalo not to fall away as he did last season.
You can only wish the Italian well but as chief executive Scott Duxbury said on his appointment: “The progress and development of this club always remains the highest priority.”
Walter, you have been warned. At 5ft 9ins, Premier League newcomer Claude Puel is not a big man – but he does have big shoes to fill at Southampton.
The former Nice boss, 54, does not see this move as a risk but with his managerial career previously limited to Ligue 1, many consider it a gamble.