STEVE McClaren will spend the next few weeks casting his eye over Derby County’s squad as he plots the way forward.
The Rams’ new head coach joins the club with the team 14th in the Championship after 10 matches.
McClaren says he has inherited a good side and insists there is no need for drastic change or rebuilding.
“It is not a case of smashing it up and clearing everything up,” he said. “It’s about taking on what Nigel Clough was trying to establish in terms of a base and moving things forward.
“I want to look at things in the next four, five or six weeks first.
“I want to look at this team, I want to look at these players and look at the size of the squad. What can we keep and what we can get rid of?
“It is a time for looking at what we have actually got here.
“We will look at all that and build as we go rather than me coming in and saying ‘I want this and I want that’.”
McClaren watched a Jekyll and Hyde performance from Derby against Ipswich Town on Tuesday.
He sat in the directors’ box at Pride Park and saw an absolute nightmare first half unfold.
Derby trailed 4-1 at the break and McClaren went into the dressing room, made two substitutions and issued a rallying call.
On went experienced midfielder John Eustace and 17-year-old forward Mason Bennett for Ben Davies and Conor Sammon.
The Rams emerged second half and a spirited display saw them roar back to rescue a point in a 4-4 draw.
“I want to see this team play with attitude, hard work, spirit and a certain style, and some of the goals they have scored this season have been magnificent,” said McClaren.