Watford may have made their stance regarding Marco Silva perfectly clear, but the Portuguese doesn’t seem to have read the script.
That puts the ball firmly in Silva’s court. If he does want to move north to Goodison Park then he will have to push for it himself, maybe even hand in his resignation.
It’s claimed the former Hull manager is keen on talking to Everton, who are reportedly ready to offer him a bumper wage packet and significant funds to spend in January.
Silva has done little to quash the speculation linking him with the vacant manager’s job on Merseyside despite having ample opportunties to do so.
In his news conference last week he refused to fully commit to Watford, saying he “didn’t know” whether the weekend game against West Ham would be his last match in charge.
When asked again about his future following Sunday’s 2-0 win at Vicarage Road, Silva was equally non-committal, telling Sky Sports:
“There has been zero distraction. We know what our work is, we did a fantastic week, the players worked really hard and today they performed really well and we deserved the three points.
"My future is tomorrow, we start to prepare the next day, we have already planned the session, that is my future.
"I understand the questions, some things we can't control. I know what is in my hands and that is the session tomorrow."
When speaking to BBC Sport Silva gave a similar response, adding:
"I know what is in my hands, and that is planning for the training session tomorrow.
"I know the speculation and people ask questions of our commitment, but me and my players gave a very good answer about our commitment.
"This type of interest in players and coaches happens but it is not fair to question our commitment.
"There has been not one change in our work. Every day is the same in our work."
With Everton facing a run of three games in seven days next week, there is precious little time for the club to get things sorted.
The international break was supposed to give the board some breathing space but with that now passed and with Everton still near the foot of the table, it’s time to make a firm decision.
If it is to be Silva who succeeds Ronald Koeman then something should be done about it this week, before any further damage is inflicted on Everton’s flagging season.