Alan Pardew has conceded his West Brom future is out of his hands after Watford condemned the Baggies to a fifth consecutive Premier League defeat.
Pardew is facing a fight to remain in charge at The Hawthorns beyond this weekend as his side's slim chances of survival took another major hit following Troy Deeney's second-half strike.
The Baggies remain rooted to the foot of the table and are now eight points adrift of safety with only nine matches to play.
West Brom were the better of the two sides here at Vicarage Road, but Salomon Rondon spurned a number of opportunities to break the deadlock, while Deeney - linked with a move to The Hawthorns during the January transfer window - made no mistake with his only chance of the game.
The travelling West Brom supporters joined the Watford fans in goading Pardew by singing that he will be sacked on Sunday morning.
"If the consequences from this defeat are that I lose my job then that will be what it is," said Pardew. "It is turned into a personal situation, but this is about West Brom and not about me.
"I have got no message to the board. I don't think it is anything to do with that. I am employed to be the manager of this football team and I try to put out a side that I think has got a chance of delivering the win.
"All I can hope, and what I think was on the surface today, was a commitment from the players to address the situation. Unfortunately for us we came out the wrong side of it."