Hull City have endured a tough pre-season.
The Tigers made an immediate return to the top-flight after winning the Championship play-offs last term, yet their ensuing pre-season has been nothing short of a disaster.
Boss Steve Bruce walked out on the club due to boardroom turmoil and a lack of transfers, while key players such as Michael Dawson have picked up lengthy injuries leaving the side with only 13 fit players.
They head in to the Premier League season in much worse shape than three months ago, and midfielder David Meyler has suggested it will be an uphill task in terms of survival.
“We want to give this season a hell of a go and it’ll be some story if we’re able to stay up. We have to go out there and do a job. Whether it’s Mick (Phelan) in charge or whoever, we have to go out there and do our best for the club,” Meyler told the Sun.
“I don’t want to go out there and get beaten 3-0 or 4-0. That’s not acceptable. We must do our jobs and we want people to forget about the stuff that’s going on and focus on the team.”
Hull still possess a number of quality players such as Robert Snodgrass, Abel Hernandez, and Andrew Robertson, but as key midfielder Mohamed Diame's departure to Championship side Newcastle showed, it’s no guarantee they will still be at the KC Stadium beyond the transfer deadline.
As per the latest odds published by Sky Bet, former assistant Mike Phelan is the favourite to take over the reigns (4/6) while Chris Coleman (15/8) and Gianfranco Zola (15/2) are also in the running.
Hull entertain Premier League champions Leicester City in their opening league match at the KC Stadium.