Tearful Tigers can gain some succor from missing out on the Europa League group stage by investing in their Hull City heroes for a top-ten Premier League finish at 11/4.
It’s a pegging they share with Aston Villa and Sunderland but, unlike those sides, the Humbersiders’ league chances have just received a major boost.
Over the past couple of campaigns the detrimental effects of the extra workload European involvement visits upon mid-table clubs has been illustrated by the fates of both Swansea and Newcastle.
The Swans played seven games more in 2013/14 than they had the previous season, while Newcastle’s workload increased to the tune of 11 fixtures in 2012/13.
Garry Monk’s men ended the campaign three rungs lower than they had in the year before, while the Magpies plummeted 11 positions in their Europa League campaign.
Removal of the consolation cup millstone prompted a hearty upturn in fortunes for Tyneside’s finest last term, with their early-season form so strong that even a prolonged period of post-Christmas hibernation couldn’t dislodge them from the top ten.
Swansea are making a similarly sprightly start this time around.
The chasm between where Hull found themselves last term and Newcastle in tenth may seem fairly insurmountable, measuring six positions and 12 points.
Yet, Steve Bruce’s men were tenth at the turn of 2014, and remained just a point off West Ham in tenth on first day of March.
Barring supreme ill fortune, survival had been accomplished and with the distraction of their FA Cup run to contend with, the Tigers avoided defeat in just three of their last 11 league games.
Older and wiser in Premier League terms, they can avoid such a profound bottoming out this season.
With the Shane Long profits far from frittered away in their entirety on Michael Dawson, there could yet be further squad bolstering signings to sustain them in their quest.