After Steve Bruce had guided the Tigers to a heroic immediate return to the Premier League via the playoffs in the 2014/15 season, Hull City’s hopes were high for the upcoming campaign.
Mohammed Diame’s brilliant strike saw off Sheffield Wednesday to secure a slightly surprising return to the top-flight but there was no time to rest on their laurels.
But they did not even get the chance to rest on them before the club quickly descended into chaos.
Bruce quit his job just two weeks into the summer transfer window after a huge disagreement with the club’s owner and chairman Assem Allam over transfers.
The club’s squad was incredibly bare largely thanks to a failure to agree fresh terms with key men before the previous campaign had ended, including Diame who signed a three-year deal with Newcastle United.
With Bruce gone, former Manchester United coach Mike Phelan was appointed as head coach to finish the summer rebuild.
But in total, just seven new faces just arrived at the KC Stadium before the window shut including the likes of Ryan Mason, David Marshall, Will Keane and James Weir.
One more face came in on transfer deadline day that the board hoped would inspire a bit more confidence in the club.
— Hull City (@HullCity) August 31, 2016
Striker Dieumerci Mbokani arrived on a season-long loan from Dynamo Kiev coming in off the back of a decent spell with Norwich City in the Premier League.
Despite being relegated with the Canaries, Mbokani scored seven goals in 29 appearances during his season at Carrow Road and this seemed to give the Hull fans hope that he could recreate this form:
— David Smith (@smithpdavid1967) August 31, 2016
@premierleague that's actually a massive signing
— Garrett (@garrett_o23) August 31, 2016
great signing well done City #hcafc
— Carl Wilkinson (@Carlwilks2011) August 31, 2016
Yes's this is scenes????????
— Anniel (@annielhcafc) August 31, 2016
The first half of the season was an incredibly rocky one for the Tigers, despite beating title holders Leicester City on the opening day of the season.
They then followed this up with another win away to Swansea City and it looked like Phelan’s appointment could be a masterstroke.
Mbokani made his debut in a 4-1 defeat to Arsenal but did crop up with the assist for Hull’s consolation goal.
But ultimately that was as good as it got for the Congolese striker with the club.
Only one more assist followed in a 1-1 draw with West Brom in November as the Tigers plummeted towards the bottom of the table.
Phelan was sacked just three days into 2017, with Marco Silva taking his place.
An admirable recovery was staged by the Spaniard and Hull found themselves in with a shot of survival on the penultimate day of the season.
But Mbokani played next to no part in this, with the end of his spell blighted by niggling injuries.
Hull were relegated in 18th place, but just six points behind Watford. Ultimately, however, the fans were let down by the Mbokani signing, who delivered nowhere near what was expected of him.