In the summer of 2014 Southampton lost their manager and sold a host of star players.
Two years later, the Saints have lost another manager and sold a new batch of star players.
Fans of the club will be hoping things work out just as well this time as they did after Mauricio Pochettino left for Tottenham.
Ronald Koeman’s departure to Everton was unfortunate but it is perhaps the sales of Sadio Mane and Victor Wanyama that will be felt most.
Former Nice boss Claude Puel has walked into another re-building job, but at least he can console himself that it is nothing that hasn’t been done before.
Reasons to be cheerful:
Nathan Redmond was one of Norwich City’s bright spots in an otherwise underwhelming season, while Bayern Munich midfielder Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg had been linked with several top clubs before making the move to St Mary’s.
Although the club have sold Mane and Wanyama they received good money for them and the Saints are expected to invest heavily before the transfer window closes at the end of the month.
Reasons to be fearful:
How many times can a team reinvent itself before the recruitment goes wrong? Puel has never managed in England before and while that didn’t cause Pochettino and Koeman too many problems it could take the Frenchman a while to adapt his methods to the Premier League.
Nathan Redmond (Norwich, £11m), Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg (Bayern Munich, undisclosed), Kieran Freeman (Dundee United, compensation), Alex McCarthy (Crystal Palace, £4m), Jeremy Pied (NIce, undisclosed).
Out the door:
Sadio Mane (Liverpool, £36m), Victor Wanyama (Tottenham Hotspur, £11m), Juanmi (Real Sociedad, £5m), Paulo Gazzaniga (Rayo Vallecano, loan), Gaston Ramirez (released), Kelvin Davis (retired), Joe Lea (Yeovil, free), Jason McCarthy (Walsall, loan), Graziano Pelle (Shandong Luneng, £12m).
Dusan Tadic – The midfielder is a vital cog and will play a vital role in what could be a season of transition.
One to watch:
Harrison Reed – The England under-20 international has been on the fringes of the first team for a while and will be keen to stake his claim for a regular place this season.
First five games:
Watford (H), Manchester United (A), Sunderland (H), Arsenal (A), Swansea City (H).
Click on your favourite club's name below for BT Sport's full preview:
Arsenal, Bournemouth, Burnley, Chelsea, Crystal Palace, Everton, Hull City, Leicester City, Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United, Middlesbrough, Southampton, Stoke City, Sunderland, Swansea City, Tottenham Hotspur, Watford, West Bromwich Albion, West Ham United.