Grant McCann will take charge of his first Championship game as Hull City manager this weekend, when the Tigers face Swansea City at the Liberty Stadium on Saturday afternoon.
Hull finished 13th in the Championship under Adkins last season and will be hoping to challenge further up the table under McCann this term.
McCann has already brought in five new signings as he looks to build a team that can push for the play-offs this season and the Tigers’ new manager will be hoping for his side to get off to the best possible start against Swansea this weekend.
Here is how we expect Hull to line up against Swansea.
McCann is likely to go with the same back five he did for Hull’s final pre-season friendly against Doncaster last weekend. That would mean George Long starting in goal ahead of new signing Matt Ingram.
Stephen Kingsley is likely to start at left-back, with Eric Lichaj at right-back. Jordy de Wijs is expected to start alongside Reece Burke at centre-back.
McCann revealed at his pre-match press conference that Markus Henriksen is likely to miss the game, with his future at the KCOM Stadium still uncertain.
If that is the case, expect Jon Toral to start alongside Jackson Irvine in midfield, with Kevin Stewart occupying a more defensive role in front of the back four.
Kamil Grosicki and Jarrod Bowen were both extremely influential players for Hull last season, recording a combined 31 goals and 16 assists between them in the Championship.
They will both have important roles to play for Hull this season, provided they are still at the club after the transfer window closes next week. Expect Grosicki to start on the left-wing against Swansea, with Bowen on the right.
New signing Tom Eaves will start up front if he is fit and will be determined to prove that he is good enough for the Championship, after scoring 22 goals for Gillingham last season.