Former Hull City chairman Paul Duffen has explained that he left his post due to the club's recent struggles on the pitch.
Delays in releasing the club's accounts and possible problems off the field had been mentioned as factors in Duffen's departure, but he maintains that he quit due to City being close to the foot of the Premier League table.
A statement from Duffen read: "When I succeeded Adam Pearson as chairman of Hull City Football Club in June 2007 I was very aware of the responsibility to build on his legacy.
"I articulated an intention to take the Tigers to the previously uncharted waters of the Premier League and to the eternal credit of the players and coaching staff, that ambition was achieved 11 months later thanks to a victorious appearance at Wembley in the play-off final.
"The start to our maiden top-flight campaign broke all previous records for a newly-promoted side and ensured that 2008 will forever be remembered as the most remarkable year in Hull City's history.
"Football is a results business and in the same way that I enjoyed the successes of the previous two seasons, so I must take ultimate responsibility for the disappointments of 2009.
"It has been a tremendous privilege to lead the Tigers on this amazing journey and I pay tribute to all the staff for their hard work and dedication as well as to the fans for their magnificent support."