And any thoughts of them simply being handed a turnaround in fortunes when they get their latest European adventure underway have been quickly dismissed by their new director of rugby.
Worcester travel to France to face Top 14 newcomers Oyonnax at the Stade Charles Mathon in their Pool 2 opener, with Heineken Cup holders RC Toulon, beaten finalists ASM Clermont Auvergne, domestic champions Castres Olympique and 2012 Amlin Challenge Cup winners Biarritz already having been beaten at the same venue.
"I wish it did," was Ryan's response when asked if the Amlin Challenge Cup opener would give his side any sense of respite.
"Oyonnax away doesn't sound like the easiest place to go, as Toulon, Clermont and everyone else have found out.
"It will be a challenge for us. But we do have to freshen the group up. We don't have a huge amount of choice but we've got to find some way of doing that otherwise we're going to blow up with the 14 or 15 guys who are going out every week."
Ryan admits that confidence isn't exactly flowing at Sixways right now but he insists the Warriors can bounce back sooner rather than later.
His troops came close to overturning a 13-0 deficit to the Falcons at the weekend but fell just short to lose 16-11.
"If anyone can tell me how you gain confidence when you're losing games, then I'm all ears. It's pretty obvious that losing games in the manner like we lost this one to Newcastle and the London Irish one saps confidence," added Ryan.
"I know what everyone's writing about us, and we probably deserve that. When you look at possession and field position, we probably should have won it (against Newcastle). We can't buy a win at the moment.
"I see enough that we've got a sound attacking game, I see enough that we've got an understanding of what we're trying to do in managing a game, I just don't see it happening enough. But that's just us growing as a group."