Fulham’s Championship Playoff Final victory against west London neighbours Brentford on Tuesday night completed a remarkable turnaround under Scott Parker.
This is a club that spent some £100 million ($132m) in preparation for their last Premier League campaign, money frittered away as Fulham were relegated at the end of the 2018-19 season having conceded 81 goals.
There was a divided dressing room; the presence of expensive signings who failed to make an impact upsetting those who had gained promotion the previous campaign.
Heads dropped all around Craven Cottage. So deep was the hurt that a double relegation similar to that of Sunderland was not out of the question.
Jean-Michael Seri, Andre-Frank Zambo Anguissa, Floyd Ayite, Andre Schurrle, Luciano Vietto and Sergio Rico were among those who departed last summer, with those that were up for the fight remaining to take on the 46-game Championship marathon.
"I realised the squad was fragile, the football club was fragile and we had these separate bands," Parker had said ahead of kick-off at Wembley.
"At the forefront of my mind was trying to bring the club back together a little bit and try to create an environment and culture.
"In all successful clubs and businesses, it comes from a core foundation, when everything runs in the right way and everyone is on the same page. The club was very disjointed. We were in a bad spell.
"It has been a rocky road because you can’t just have a magic wand and go from real disbelief, a real weak mentality and disconnection and within two months be fighting to win."
Top goalscorer Aleksandar Mitrovic, captain Tom Cairney, and full-backs Joe Bryan and Cyrus Christie were standouts all season long in returning Fulham to the top table of English football.
New signings Michael Hector, Bobby Decordova-Reid, Harrison Reed, Ivan Cavaleiro and Anthony Knockaert all came in - with the latter two having experienced promotion from the Championship previously with Wolves and Brighton.
"This was a team that 15 months ago lost most weeks," Parker said. “Everyone could see that from the outside and judge that. What people did not see and did not understand was a deep-rooted issue at a club that had some wounds and issues.