Stoke City slid back down to the Championship after a dismal Premier League season, but their summer business hinted at an immediate return to the top-flight.
Players like Tom Ince, James McClean, Benik Afobe, Peter Etebo and Ashley Williams joined and with a highly-rated manager in Gary Rowett at the helm, the Potters were installed as pre-season title favourites.
But after six games, the former Derby County, Birmingham City and Burton Albion manager finds himself under pressure.
His side sit in 18th place in the Championship table on five points from a possible 18 and just one point away from the relegation zone.
Their sole win was a scrappy 2-0 victory over troubled Hull City two weeks ago but it did not start the run of form the fans will have hoped for.
So Football League World posed the question to fans of the Potters: Are you convinced Gary Rowett is the right man to lead you forward?
????️ STOKE CITY FANS….
Are you convinced Gary Rowett is the right man to lead your side forwards yet? ????#SCFC
— FootballLeagueWorld (@FLeagueWorld) September 3, 2018
A massive 74% of the fans who responded said no, they were not convinced Rowett can do the job.
But is this fair? We discuss…
It is still really early days, and the knee-jerk reaction to a poor start is taking effect, as seen in the poll results.
You need to give him time and longer than six games; he is still learning about the club and his players as much as they are with him.
I am with the 26 per cent gang, in believing right now he is the man to take them forward.
No surprise for me here.
I questioned the appointment ahead of the season and I stand by that now.
Rowett failed with Derby and at present, he’s doing the same with Stoke.
If they’re going to move, they need to do it quickly otherwise they will be the next Sunderland.
You cannot disagree here.
He’s looked out of his depth so far this season, with the Potters really struggling to get going properly yet.
Of course, it is still early days, but Rowett needs to buck up his ideas and get his team performing ASAP.
Rowett doesn’t convince me at all. He should be getting far more out of that squad.
Despite people seeing him as an excellent Championship manager, what has he actually achieved in the division?
He had Derby in a great position for automatic promotion last year, but his side fell away quite remarkably during the second-half of the season.
If I were a Stoke supporter I’d be concerned.
It is early days and plenty needs to still be learned and worked on but a better start was surely expected regardless.
He’ll get time but he does need to convince a fair amount of Potters fans as soon as he can. I think in the end it’ll work out.
How can you disagree after the way they’ve started?
On paper, Stoke have the strongest squad in the division and performances, as well as results, have been awful.
Rowett has done nothing to suggest that he will take the side up yet and Stoke fans have every right to be concerned.