Our assistant boss doesn't need reminding about the disappointing end to last season but insists everyone at the club is determined to turn it around.
That will start in earnest in August when we'll take on Birmingham City, Leeds United and Liverpool in our first three Premiership games.
"We have to start well," stated John. "We've got to have a good start to the season and show we mean business.
"Hopefully we'll get in the right players, freshen it up and it will be a bright future for us again.
"It's two years for us now and this is a very important year. We want to make a good start for the season and win something again. We're desperate for success for this club.
"We let ourselves down last season and this season we have to make our targets.
"We need to be successful and everyone wants to do well here. The fans want success, the board do, the management, coaching staff, players - we all do.
"We need to get off to a good start, need a lot of positive support and hopefully we'll all see the rewards."
John Gorman insists a good start to next season is vital and declared: "We're desperate for success at this club."