After initial inactivity, the Championship clubs with managerial appointments to make have awoken, with Watford confirming Oscar Garcia as their new head coach and Chris Powell getting the call from Huddersfield.
Leeds were rumoured to have scribbled down Garcia's name as their favoured option to succeed surprise pre-season recruit Dave Hockaday, who lasted just six games and was so poorly paid that £10,000 compensation was all that was being discussed.
However, the former Brighton boss - who resigned having guided them to the play-offs in May, returning to Maccabi Tel Aviv only to quit in August because of the conflict in Israel - evidently deemed second-placed Watford more Premier League-ready than the 18th-placed Whites.
Initial optimism about Massimo Cellino's presidency has faded owing both to a loss-littered start and off-field blunders, including ludicrous deadline-day fan interaction in which they tweeted "don't go to bed just yet... there is still work to be done", announced two sales and then said they were finished for the summer.
The favourite for the Elland Road vacancy is Beppe Sannino at 3.02/1 and he seems an ideal candidate for several reasons. He hails from Italy, like Cellino and four current Leeds starters, and has Championship experience following an accomplished nine-month stay at Watford.
The 57-year-old picked up a Hornets side broken by play-off final failure, stopped a dreadful winless run and would have salvaged a top-half finish were it not for a late slump. Most impressively, he achieved four victories in five this term before walking amid speculation of disputes with players.
Yet while Sannino appears a snug fit for Leeds, it is unclear whether he will be as intrigued. He would inherit a squad that most judged would rate less capable of competing for promotion than the one he recently abandoned - they are priced at 10.09/1 - even more so after three early defeats.
It is also questionable whether he will be willing to work with a president as impatient as Cellino with the memory of how swiftly his Serie A stock plummeted after jumping into bed with calcio's other notorious "manager eater" Maurizio Zamparini in 2012 still fresh.
If it isn't to be Sannino then caretaker Neil Redfearn is a plausible alternative at 6.05/1. Several of Cellino's mid-season changes at Cagliari involved installing somebody already on the books and he warned fans not to expect a big name. Redfearn beat Bolton in the first match of his interim stint.