With their search, it is clear that owner Lai Guochuan is stuck in two minds with where to take his football club now, having failed miserably with his previous appointment.
He can either continue backing experience over excitement, in the hopes the pragmatism might return them to the Premier League, or he can take a risk on a young up-and-coming manager and rely on their new methods and the talent within the squad to reach his goals.
Whilst the likes of Chris Wilder or Sean Dyche might seem attractive and safe proposals, he must now surely take the plunge with someone like Rob Edwards, who has earned huge praise during his short career in management and is among the mooted candidates.
Also, the renowned ruthlessness of the Hornets’ ownership means that the 39-year-old does not leave with his stock any lower.
“We try to keep things simple by putting players in their best positions and basing the team around what the lads are good at doing.
“We don’t need to put square pegs in round holes when everyone is fit. We just want them to be good at what they do.”
Clearly, he wants to get the best out of what is already at a club, and with his modern approach to the game, he could be the man to get them playing an attractive brand that can propel them up the table.
After the miserable tenure of Bruce, Edwards could now get the Hawthorns rocking again with a string of good results.