With the fall of Newcastle United, Norwich City and Aston Villa to the Championship, the focus then switched to those who will replace them in the top flight this season.
First past the promotion post were Burnley, returning after a year’s exile from the top flight. Winning the league comfortably, they were then joined by Middlesbrough who survived a last-day scare from Brighton and Hove Albion to secure their own Premier League status.
Finally, Hull City confirmed their place in the Premier League once more, also after a year in Championship exile. They had to to do it the hard way though via the playoffs and victory over Sheffield Wednesday.
Despite their early promotion win, Burnley have been quiet in the transfer market, only acquiring Jimmy Dunne from Manchester United so far.
However they were quick to shed nine out of contract players while Steven Hewitt joined Accrington Stanley on a free transfer. At their core though remains their former Premier League squad (albeit the one that got relegated, of course...)
Welsh striker Sam Vokes will again be expected to lead the line for Burnley, with captain Tom Heaton leading by example in goals.
Turf Moor provides Burnley with a cosy home and despite it being a congested competition in the bottom half, they could easily prove to spring a surprise or two.
While Burnley drag their heels on recruitment, Middlesbrough have been quick to bulk up their squad by signing Victor Valdes from Manchester United, Marten de Roon from Atalanta and striker Viktor Fischer from Ajax, with more in the pipeline.
They’ve retained the bulk of their squad from last year but the retirement of experienced Jonathan Woodgate after a second stint at the club, will leave a hard-to-fill hole. Jordan McGhee – on loan from Scottish Premier League side Hearts – should add some defensive backbone.
But the Premier League will be a very different competition from the one they last played in eight years ago. With bigger name managers and much more money across more teams, the Teesiders will have their work cut out to survive.
Their best hope is to turn the iconic Riverside Stadium into a fortress and hope home wins and few results on the road go their way enough to keep them up come May.
Finally, Hull return without pragmatic Steve Bruce at the helm, who quit just 21 days out from the start of the season. Whoever replaces him will have their work cut out to keep Hull up this season.
Hull bring the majority of that Premier League squad including Abel Hernandez, Mohamed Diame, Jake Livermore, Tom Huddlestone and captain Michael Dawson.
With an experienced squad already hardened in Premier League battles, Hull may only need some defensive and midfield recruits to push the Tigers to a mid-table position.
But with a new boss and uncertain ownership, they face one of the toughest battles to stay up.
Regardless of where they finish though, all three sides will enjoy an incredible nine-figure cash windfall if they simply make it through the season – but fans will be hoping for much, much more...