Jokanović took his medicine stoically with a routine 4-0 defeat the following night, but his place in the history books and affections of Hornets fans is safe. The Watford team who held their nerve on the run-in to promotion in 2015 took us on an unforgettable joyride, and he conducted the orchestra superbly.
Six months before the ‘Orns took the chequered flag on that white-knuckle ride at Brighton, and a town piled down the High Street to celebrate with the players when other results went their way, Jokanović had looked to be on thin ice after four consecutive defeats.
But he rebooted with a 5-0 romp at 10-man Fulham, and the race to the chequered flag was as enjoyable as any sprint down the home straight in this parish.
“The Championship is a crazy competition,” reflected Jokanović after a mad season in which the lead changed hands no fewer than 32 times at the top of the table – the last of them, sadly, in the 91st minute of the final game against Sheffield Wednesday.