Grant McCann will be disappointed with his start to life as Hull City boss.
The 39-year-old took charge in the summer after Nigel Adkins left the club but has seen his side make a shaky start to the season.
Hull have won just once in the Championship this season and currently sit just two places above the relegation zone in 20th, with five points from six games.
McCann will have a lot to ponder as we head into the international break and will be hoping to grab his second victory of the season when they welcome Wigan Athletic to the KCOM Stadium on the 15th of September.
With that in mind, here are three things the Tigers boss will have learned about his players so far this season…
They’re nearly there.
Despite picking up just one win in six league games, you can’t help but think that Hull are not too far away from turning around their fortunes.
All but one of their defeats have been by a one-goal margin and they may look back frustratedly on missed opportunities in close games, such as Kevin Stewart’s chance against Millwall and Jarrod Bowen’s missed penalty against Blackburn.
The Northern Irish coach will likely take some positives from the fact that if his side can find just a little bit more they could be climbing the table in no time.
They’re suffering from the lack of an in-form striker.
Hull have scored just six goals in the league so far this season, half of the amount scored by league leaders Swansea City, and may feel that they may have been able to get a better result in a number of their games if they had an in-form striker.
Tom Eaves joined the club in the summer but has not adapted to life in the Championship just yet.
McCann will be hoping that Eaves can discover his form in front of goal as soon as possible.
They’ve found their “heartbeat”.
One big positive for McCann this season has been the form of Kevin Stewart.
According to Wyscout, the midfielder has made the second most interceptions per game in the Championship the season, with an average of 3.7, and the third most tackles per game, with 4.2.
The Tigers boss has described him as the “heartbeat of the team”, so it seems as if he has identified the 25-year-old as a key player moving forward.