Hull City manager Nigel Adkins has taken to Twitter to confirm he is to leave his role as Tigers head coach after 18 months in charge of the Championship club.
He led the club to a 13th placed finish last season, and was on the brink of reaching the Championship play-offs.
So, how big a surprise is it that Adkins will leave the KCOM this summer?
“I am surprised. He has stabilised the club and got them producing winning results on the whole last season.
“He could really build something there. He has real quality in his squad in Jarrod Bowen and Kamil Grosicki.
“He probably feels constrained by the chairman which is understandable, and that could be the real driving force behind his desire to move on.”
“Very surprised, yes.
“I do wonder if it’s connected to the other jobs currently available.
“I think he did a great job with Hull last season, wildly underrated and often overlooked.
“It wouldn’t surprise me to see him turn up somewhere else soon.”
“This did raise my eyebrows somewhat.
“The suggestion appeared to have been that talks were progressing towards an agreement to keep him on at the club, which Hull should have been keen to ensure.
“Now they will have to go out and find a manager as soon as possible, with the transfer window already underway, pre-season fast approaching, and a number of their players waiting for a manager to be appointed in order to discuss their own futures at the KCOM Stadium.”
“I’m not at all surprised by this to be honest.
“Adkins had been in negotiations with Hull City over a new contract for months and after the club made it clear that they were unwilling to improve their latest offer, I expected him to walk away.
“It’s a shame really because he’s a good manager and could have been able to achieve success with the Tigers.”