If there was any consolation for Watford fans in the aftermath of the 3-2 defeat at Everton prior to the international break it was that Marco Silva, the Hornets' impressive young coach, might just have manoeuvred himself out of the Toffees' thinking to replace Ronald Koeman.
However, that has been proven to be wishful thinking. The Merseysiders have been clear and persistent in their attempts to lure the Portuguese coach back to Goodison Park on a full-time basis ever since.
So much so that The Independent report Everton have offered as much as £8.5million in compensation for the 40-year-old.
For context, that's almost as much as Watford received when they sold Ashley Young to Aston Villa in January 2007 in what was, until recently, a club-record sale.
There are now reports suggesting the Toffees could now return with a compensation package worth in excess of £10million.
Clearly Everton have their heart set on the former Sporting and Olympiacos coach, but what would they be getting for their money?
What is Marco Silva's style?
Silva's reputation has risen immeasurably since he was appointed Hull City boss in January, much to the shock and disappointment of Paul Merson and co. who did not believe the two-time title winner knew enough about the Premier League to keep the Tigers up.
In the event they were almost right. Despite overseeing a huge upturn in performances and results on Humberside, Hull were relegated. But Silva won plenty of plaudits and admirers for giving them hope before landing the Watford job.
And his steep upward trajectory has continued at Vicarage Road where the Hornets have been one of the Premier League's surprise packages this season.
Almost overnight he has transformed them from one of the most drab watches in the top flight under Walter Mazzarri to a vibrant, exciting young side who have beaten Arsenal, drawn with Liverpool and should have beaten champions Chelsea at Stamford Bridge only to squander a lead.
What Silva is doing is working and the difference is palpable. He has Watford playing with more purpose, style and energy than Mazzarri managed in an entire season in charge of the Hertfordshire side.
And it is clear from listening to the Portuguese that having a structure and strategy are important to how he works. Speaking to Sky Sports before that chastening 4-2 loss at Chelsea, he was asked about his approach to setting up a team.
“First, we believe in good organisation,” he said. “For me, it's clear if you have good players in a good organisation, they are better. I don't have doubts about it, it's number one for me.
“You can have fantastic players, but if you don't put them in a good organisation they do not look as good. When you go to play against these types of teams, we believe in ourselves. I think it is important that our players know our clear idea too.”
Stylistically the improvement has been vast. Watford are playing fewer long balls per game (down from 71 per game on average to 68) and averaging far more short passes, 304 up to 362. And the number of shots they are taking has increased slightly too, testament to Silva's more attacking mentality.
Not that he is set in his ways. The former full-back recognises the importance of being adaptable, something he has shown in switching back a back three and a back four dependent on the opponent.
“I have my philosophy in my mind: you need to adapt for each moment and each team,” Silva explains. “You could have one idea in your mind, and afterwards you could be working with a team with different players, and you may not be able to achieve what you want to, so you need to adapt.
“I started off with a small club in Portugal [Estoril], and achieved big things with offensive football. And then after I worked in two big clubs [Sporting Lisbon and Olympiacos] again with offensive football.”
What are Marco Silva's strengths?
It is clear from the impact Silva has enjoyed in his last two jobs that he is a coach who has an immediate effect on his players. When he took over at Hull from Mike Phelan no-one gave the Tigers a chance of staying in the Premier League.
Bottom of the league with just three points collected in their nine previous matches, Silva won his first two and ended with eight victories from 22 games, eventually finishing just six points from safety and, ironically, Watford.
He has had a similarly impressive start to life in the Vicarage Road hot-seat and if he is to end up at Everton a repeat will be necessary to lift spirits among players and supporters alike.
As well as being able to get his message across and organise his sides, Silva is tactically adaptable and it was his decision to bring on Troy Deeney in the 2-1 win over Arsenal which turned the game on its head.
The Hornets had been second best by some distance in the first half but Silva introduced the burly forward and Watford clinched a famous win over the Gunners.
What are Marco Silva's weaknesses?
If there is one accusation to be levelled at the Watford head coach it's his substitutions. While the introduction of Deeney against Arsenal proved to be a masterstroke, the decision to take him off in the defeat at Chelsea was too negative and allowed Antonio Conte's side to get higher up the field and eventually secure a comeback victory.
By bringing defensive midfielder Ben Watson into the fray Silva removed Watford's out-ball and line leader which, in turn, meant David Luiz was able to roam out of defence and start influencing the Blues' attack. Chelsea scored two late goals and won.
Silva was almost culpable in the last-gasp win at Swansea too, ceding control by bringing defender Molla Wagué on when the hosts introduced another striker at the break.
Fortunately, Brazilian youngster Richarlison secured a stoppage-time win but, for for a while, it looked as though Silva's negative change would cost his side.
Another concerning trend is the number of goals Watford concede. Twenty-one in 11 games makes the Hornets the fifth-leakiest in the Premier League, though that figure is distorted by a 6-0 loss against champions-elect Manchester City.
Would Marco Silva be a good fit for Everton?
In a word: yes. He has shown himself to be versatile and someone who works quickly, something Everton desperately need in their next head coach as they are just two points above the drop zone in 15th.
The minor concern is how he would be received by Toffees supporters who were unhappy at the way Koeman treated their club as a stepping stone. Silva has shown in his relatively short career to date that he isn't one to settle.
His ambition is clear and having reached a club aiming to get into Europe on a regular basis he would be unlikely to pause his mission to reach the top because, with or without Watford or Everton, that is where he is headed.