THE dramatic events in the Sky Bet Championship during the last month are the reason why Hearts and Institute should never have been relegated from their respective Leagues.
If the Championship had the rationale of the Scottish Premiership and the Danske Bank Premiership then Barnsley and Luton Town would be preparing for life in League One.
They were in the bottom three prior to the Championship going into lockdown in March with nine games remaining.
Instead, following the resumption of play, Luton picked up 16 points and Barnsley, who had been bottom, tallied 14 to beat the drop. The Yorkshire side were aided by the unfortunate scenario at the equally impressive Wigan Athletic, who were agonisingly hit with a 12-point deduction for entering administration, but that should not take away from Barnsley's battling qualities in the face of adversity.
In the form table since lockdown, Luton are seventh and Barnsley eighth, even ahead of Michael O'Neill's Stoke City in 10th, who obviously received a lot of plaudits for navigating away from the relegation zone, while my old club West Brom, promoted automatically, are only 11th.
It shows what can be achieved on the pitch when players are galvanised and determined to steer their team away from the dreaded drop and the serious and financial implications involved with that.
Hearts, who were four points adrift when lockdown brought a halt to proceedings in Scotland, had 24 points to play for, while Institute were only three points away from Warrenpoint when 21 points would have been up for grabs with seven games remaining.
Yet neither were given a fighting chance with the decision made to simply relegate them on their League position in March.
No team should have been put down if things could not be completed on the pitch.
Hull City and their manager Grant McCann will surely be wishing the Championship had been brought to a premature conclusion rather than seeing it played out, which resulted in their relegation.
The owners, the Allam family, have to take most of the responsibility - they have basically stripped the entire club of its assets. If it wasn't nailed down, they would sell it.
They sold their two top players on deadline day in January with no time for Grant to bring in replacements.
Hull received a huge £22m from West Ham for Jarrod Bowen and around £800,000 from West Brom for Polish international Kamil Grosicki.
That's £800k for Grosicki - was it really worth allowing him to leave? Surely the cost of relegation is much greater than that on the club.
Grosicki could have been the difference to Hull City surviving. He is a quality player and, while he alone would not have been able to stop the freefall, he could have conjured up a bit of magic that secured a few more draws, or the odd win that would have been enough to see them escape.
Now Grant must weigh up whether Hull have a serious chance of going back up.
Will he have the player power for a proper promotion push? He will need the right mix of youth and experience to get out of League One. It is a tough League and I honestly believe if Hull are going to continue on their downward spiral then Grant will no longer want to be associated.
He'll have to evaluate where they went wrong and watch the games again - it will not be pleasant viewing. Hull were brutal at times and Grant couldn't stop the rot. I honestly feel Hull's players may have believed that Wigan's 12-point deduction was their safety net. What they didn't anticipate was that the other teams around them would use Wigan's demise to give them the boost they needed to fight for survival.
While Grant will have a period of reflection, it could also be another summer of upheaval for Northern Ireland striker Josh Magennis. I haven't spoken to him properly since Wednesday, I want to let the dust settle, but I'm sure he is disillusioned by what has occurred and it will be interesting to hear his thoughts on his future plans.
Hull was supposed to be a step up for Josh, but instead it has taken him back down to League One where he was with Charlton. That is not good for him or Northern Ireland as obviously new manager Ian Baraclough will want his players performing at the highest level possible.
Having known Grant a long time, he will want to get his teeth into the task and accept the challenge head-on, but he will need assurances and drastic changes to the style of play so that Hull don't turn into the next Sunderland - a big club with issues at the top who can't get out of League One.
Grant is a young, eager manager and this will only make him stronger. He will have learned a great deal from this adversity.
Hull went down on merit, they simply weren't good enough over the full season.
At least they got the opportunity to play for survival on the pitch.
Grosicki could have been the difference to Hull surviving. Was £800k worth allowing him to leave