Coventry City manager Iain Dowie insists his inherited squad start with a clean slate and will be given the chance to impress.
However, he has warned there will be new arrivals at the Ricoh Arena despite getting his reign off to a winning start against Southampton.
Dowie, out of management since November when he was sacked after just 12 Premiership matches in charge at Charlton, was unveiled as Micky Adams’ permanent successor on Monday, signing a deal that will keep him at the club until the summer of 2010.
The 42-year-old inherited a squad low on confidence after just one win from their last 13 matches and there have been reports of a division in the camp following last month‘s training ground bust-up between skipper Robert Page and vice-captain Michael Doyle.
But none of that was evident as a reinvigorated City side tore up the form book to notch a 2-1 win over Dowie’s former club, Southampton, on Tuesday to claim their first win in the Coca-Cola Championship since beating Burnley on December 9.
Dowie said: "Everyone at the club got a clean slate. Events that may or may not have occurred before my arrival are of no relevance any more and we are pulling in the same direction, because you don’t get anywhere without togetherness.
"I said everyone has got to be prepared to sweat blood for the Sky Blues’ shirt — and that’s what will happen. From the front men harassing the defenders, right back to our defenders being difficult to beat. What you have to do is put a process in place and grind out some results and when we do that, confidence returns and you will see a totally different Coventry side.
"The ability to pass the ball around comes when things are going well, that is human nature. We must play without shackles but, at the same time, ensure we have massive desire and massive commitment."
But while he insists he will continue to give every member of his squad every opportunity to stake their claim for a place, Dowie also believes the introduction of some fresh faces is required.
He added: "If we are going to take this club forward and there is quality available, then I would like to bring it in.
"I do think the squad needs to be freshened up and I am not criticising the work Micky Adams and Adrian Heath did here before me.
"I think there are certain issues and areas and standards in terms of athleticism and mobility that need to be addressed in the squad. Sometimes, bringing in a new face or two can do that for a team."