Steve Bruce believes Hull must stomach the sour taste of relegation and rebuild with or without him as manager.
A goalless draw against Manchester United might have been a respectable result at any other time, but the Tigers had to win on the final day of the Premier League season to stand any hope of survival.
And with the only side they could catch, Newcastle, also winning, Hull's fate was sealed even before the final whistle at the KC Stadium.
Their two-year stay in the top flight is over, and Bruce (pictured) warned "cuts are inevitable" on the club staff, which could mean players leaving and suggests his own position may be vulnerable.
Meanwhile, Louis van Gaal refused to discuss Radamel Falcao's future after the match.
Van Gaal said: "I don't say if Falcao will go today. Today is about the game and not the decisions we have made. You will hear it at the proper time and when Manchester United want."
Several more players could follow out of the exit door at United.
Doubts remain over Anders Lindegaard, Jonny Evans, Rafael, Angel di Maria, Adnan Januzaj, Robin van Persie, Nani and Javier Hernandez.
Van Gaal will look to clear out a few of those players to make way for new signings, but the former Barcelona coach knows he may not get his own way.
"The transfer period is a process. I know which players have to go and which have to come but you never know if they go or if they come because it will depend on a lot of aspects," he said.
Van Gaal will fly to his villa in Portugal this week after a draining year.
The 63-year-old only had a two-day break between the end of the World Cup and taking charge of United. He is looking forward to a holiday but will have his phone close by his side.
"I go on holiday but I have contact with (executive vice-chairman) Ed Woodward every day as he is doing the negotiations," Van Gaal told MUTV.
"It shall be a heavy (busy) holiday."
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