Appointing Slavisa Jokanovic
At the time, it seemed like the latest in a series of managers that would end up failing after a few months and getting sacked prematurely.
As it happened, it could be one of the best decisions that Shahid Khan has made since purchasing the club in 2013.
The Martin Jol, Rene Meulensteen and Felix Magath experiment as joint managers didn’t work, and Kit Symons had no experience as a manager before taking over the reins permanently.
Jokanovic, however, won promotion to the Premier League with Watford and led his Maccabi Tel-Aviv side to the Champions League group stage in recent seasons.
Instead of signing players that came in for big money and did next to nothing; for example Bryan Ruiz, Dimitar Berbatov, Kostas Mitroglou and Maarten Stekelenburg; the 48-year old brought in players who fit well into the team and ended up doing better; such as Michael Madl, David Button, Sone Aluko and Floyd Ayite.
The upturn in recruitment and financial backing that Khan has given Jokanovic is a major reason behind their upturn in fortunes, and the club look better off now that they have a manager like Jokanovic in charge.