Another disappointing season has been on the cards for Stoke City after finding themselves relegated from the Premier League in the previous term.
While Swansea City showed glimmers of promise and West Brom battled for an immediate return to the top tier, Stoke City are far from contention, now at sixteenth, leaving safety from a second successive relegation as their only consolation.
Former Birmingham City and Derby County manager Gary Rowett stepped into the role at the start of the campaign, only winning nine and drawing twelve of twenty-nine games to see him relieved of his duties by the time we reached the start of January.
Looking to an exciting manager who possesses experience in the football league, Stoke City appointed Luton Town manager Nathan Jones as his replacement.
The former Brighton caretaker manager hasn't had the most exciting of starts at the club, winning just three of nineteen games, but his ability to draw games has left some hope, drawing nine times to prompt a sense of excitement over how much better the Potters could be after a big summer.
In preparation for a make or break season for Nathan Jones, Sky Bet have already priced up how they could fare in the next attempt, predicting their chances of promotion and relegation.
How will Stoke City perform in the Championship next season?
Any chance of Stoke City winning the Championship as previously expected in the first attempt shows a lot of promise, as they're given the second shortest odds to finish first, priced at 9/1. They narrowly trail Fulham, who go into next season as favourites to make an immediate return straight back to the Premier League.
Backing Stoke City to be promoted without the demand of finishing first sees an unsurprisingly shorter price, where they're given the same chance as Fulham, both priced at 5/2. Huddersfield Town follow closely behind in each market, seen as third favourite to win the Championship at 12/1 and given 3/1 odds to be promoted at all.
As for the frightening chance of being relegated once again, but this time moving down to the depths of League One, Stoke City are given a price large enough to indicate how slim any chance of going down is. Blackburn Rovers are favourites for relegation at 4/1, followed by Brentford at 10/1, before Sheffield Wednesday appear at 12/1 despite looking transformed under Steve Bruce.
Although every promoted team from League One is likely to feature as the most likely teams to go straight back down, Stoke City are the least likely to be relegated according to Sky Bet, given a massive 25/1 price. Fulham are already given a shorter price to be relegated from the Championship again, priced at 16/1, which shows how much faith they have in Stoke clinching survival.