Steve Bruce had hoped to keep Hull City moving in the right direction in 2014/15 after what had been a good few years for Tigers fans.
Having pushed Arsenal all the way to extra-time prior to losing their first ever FA Cup Final, Hull were unable to build on their highest Premier League position of 16th last season - as the Tigers were relegated down to the Championship on the final day of the season.
On the face of it, Bruce looked to have conducted some good business over the summer to bring in the likes of Jake Livermore, Robert Snodgrass, Tom Ince and Michael Dawson for minimal fees - as the squad took on more depth to fight on multiple fronts, with the added burden of a debut Europa League campaign in mind.
Summer deadline day deals to bring in Abel Hernández and Mohamed Diamé bolstered the squad further but, while most online bookmakers didn't rate Hull as likely relegation battlers, a repeated struggle to score goals throughout the season ultimately cost them their Premier League place.
Despite a number of them being released at the end of the season, the current crop of players look good enough to have the Tigers near the top of the Championship table this time round and they will be more than hopeful of making a swift return to the top table in English football.
Hull City 2015/16 Transfers: Players In (from club): Sam Clucas (Chesterfield) Ryan taylor (Newcastle) Moses Odubajo(Brentford) Shaun Maloney(Chicago Fire) Adama Diomande (Stabæk)
Players Out (to club): Paul Mcshane (Reading) Mark Oxley (Hibernian) Stephen Quinn (Reading) Liam Rosenior (Brighton) Joe Cracknell Leon Dawson Joe Dudgeon Maynor Figueroa Steve Harper John Mahon Jonathon Margetts Eooghan McCawl Yannick Sagbo Sam Topliss Robbie Brady(Norwich) James Chester(West Brom) Dame N'Doye(Trabzonspor) Nikica Jelavić(West ham)
Hull only made the Third Round of both the League Cup and the FA Cup last season, although the latter was due to being drawn against holders Arsenal in a repeat of the 2013/14 final.
One major problem that Hull need to address is in the final third as they struggled for goals last season. Nikica Jelavić topped the goalscoring charts last season, but his total of just eight goals is indicative of exactly where City's shortfalls were last season and he's since moved on.
A look at the stats below shows just how much Hull are missing a clinical finisher, with not one of their players getting into double figures last season.
Hull City Top Scorers In 2014/15 (All Comps) Nikica Jelavic - 8 Dame N'Doye - 5 Mohamed Diame - 4 Abel Hernadez - 4 Robbie Brady - 3 Ahmed Elmohamady - 3 Sone Aluko - 2