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Places up for grabs

24 October 2013

'Everyone will start with the same clean slate', that's the message new boss Nigel Clough has delivered to the Bramall Lane playing staff.

Shortly after agreeing a two-and-a-half year contract to become David Weir's successor, Clough insists he hasn't come into the job with any preconceived ideas about what he has at his disposal.

Sighting an example of this from his days as Derby boss, the 47-year-old remarked:

"We can't affect the past but can certainly do everything to make the future successful.

"Everyone will get a fair chance, we won't cast people away quickly, we proved that with Robbie Savage at Derby.

"We didn't know the lad but he had been labelled an outcast, he trained, worked hard and got a chance off the bench.

"Once in the team he never looked back and was instrumental for two or three season and became captain too.

"Nobody will be written off, it isn't our way, everyone will get a fair chance."

On the possibility of adding to his squad, Clough says he won't rush into the loan market, but has refused to rule out possible movement in the weeks ahead, he added: "In time we might look to get another loan or two in because Ryan Hall has returned to Leeds and Simon Lappin's loan spell is coming to and end, I believe.

"We will look to get to know the squad as soon as possible but most of that will come through performances in training, because we can only see 11 players on the pitch at a time in a game situation.

"The squad is healthy in terms of numbers but perhaps we can make little differences with a bit of tweaking.

"This squad of players certainly has enough to survive in League One, beyond that who knows, let's just concentrate on climbing the table first and foremost and see where we are after Christmas."

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