West Bromwich Albion chairman Jeremy Peace has promised supporters that the fight for promotion to the Premiership starts now as the club puts its Wembley play-off heartache behind it.
But Peace warned fans not to expect a quick transfer fix as the club mulls over which players might be available to it this summer.
The chairman said players would only be sold if it suited Albion but said manager Tony Mowbray had been assured he could bring in fresh players if needed to fight the promotion campaign next time.
Peace said: "We are where we are now and while I congratulate Derby County on their successful promotion we have to close the door on what has gone on in the past season.
"After the final there was a break for staff but now the non-playing officials are starting in earnest to detail our budget for next season which starts for us on July 1.
"We have to have the aspiration to try and go once again and get out of the league that we are in. We know it is going to be extremely difficult - it is a very competitive league and we now know that the margin of one goal can mean success or failure after a whole season of matches."
Peace said it was now time for the club to look forward.
"We all now need to pull together in the same direction both myself as chairman, the manager, the playing staff, people off the pitch and the supporters," he said.
The chairman, who appointed Tony Mowbray as manager midway through the season as replacement for Bryan Robson, said that pre-season would now be spent allowing the new boss plan the team that he wants and assured the board would support him as much as possible.
Peace said: "I'm sure there will be changes in the playing squad - it is part and parcel of football that you have got to freshen it up.
"Traditionally we have always looked at the summer as being the time we want to do the bulk of our business.
"It is notoriously difficult in January to bring players in and it is probably better to be a seller than a buyer in January as we found out last year when we sold Nigel Quashie to West Ham, so we will be doing the bulk of any transfers in the summer.
"There will be comings and goings I am sure and we have a good idea at this moment in time of which players we want to target.
"We had a three-hour meeting with the manager and the club's new sport and technical director, Simon Hunt, to look at the ins and outs among the players.
"We don't want to fritter away all the work that we have done over the last three or four years. We have a relatively sound financial strength in as much as we have no real necessity to sell players unless it really suits us."
The chairman added: "We will try and bring in players of the requisite quality to enable West Brom to compete for promotion next season.
"We are the one club left in this division with a parachute payment from the three that went down.
"Birmingham City and Sunderland obviously got out of this league and now we have three other clubs coming down from the Premiership in Watford, Charlton and Sheffield United who will all be competitive.
"Wolves are one of the other clubs who got so close to promotion this time and they will also be competing very strongly and we know it will be extremely difficult to get out of the Championship but we have to set our stall out now for promotion."