Grant McCann says the aim this season is to “bounce back” as Hull City prepare to face Gillingham in their opening League One match.
The 40-year-old is plotting a swift return to the Championship but is anticipating a difficult first fixture against a Gills side that finished tenth on points per game last term.
McCann said: “The aim is to try and bounce back. The aim is to try and get promoted. The aim is to try and get back in the Championship.
“I feel as if we’re recruiting very well in terms of players who know this level and know what it takes to win. We want to have that culture. It’s very difficult sometimes to break that culture we had at the back end of last season.
“But to kick it off last week with a win, albeit on penalties, it’s a good start for us. Now it’s the first game in the league. It’s a difficult game.
“Gillingham are strong at home. If it hadn’t got shut down last season I’d have fancied them to have pushed for the top six. They’ve recruited well, brought some good players in there, they’re a handful – people like John Akinde and Vadaine Oliver.
“Our aim is to try and bounce back. Our aim is to try and make sure we have a really good season and try to get ourselves in and around those automatic places.”