GRAHAM Westley says every player has a clean slate as he takes charge of his first match as manager of Newport County AFC on Saturday

County head for Yeovil Town with Westley reiterating that he hopes he will not need to add to his squad once the transfer window reopens in January.

The new Exiles boss says nobody will be judged on past performances and he insists everyone at the club will be given the opportunity to prove their worth.

“I think when you walk in the first thing you’ve got to do at any football club, or in any job really, is learn about the people that are there,” said Westley.

“If you come in with a preconception that you’re going to have to change people over it’s neither fair nor proper.

“I think there’s some really good lads at the football club – I’ve met some really nice people in that dressing room.

“The training has been really positive, a lot of people have shown me a lot out on the training ground, and as far as I’m concerned it’s clean slates for everybody.

“The results that have gone have gone – we can’t change them but the results going forward we can all affect.

“If I don’t have to change anybody in January, if the dressing room at the end of the season is exactly the same as it is now that will be because we’ve come together and produced good form and good performances.

“That’s my objective – I’d love it to be that way.”

Westley watched last week’s 0-0 draw at Colchester United from the stands and he was impressed with what he saw.

“It was a really determined display,” he said. “They were terrific and they showed their character to grind out a good point.”

But he has also outlined how he wants the side to improve over the coming months.

Talking to BBC Radio Wales, he added: “All we’re doing really is trying to make sure that going forward we’re a little bit better defensively, we’re a little bit better with the ball, we play with confidence and we give the fans a team that’s got the passion, organisation, discipline and professionalism they want to see.

“That’s where our focus is really – improve our defending a bit, improve our attacking a bit and make sure that we are a team that the club is proud to look upon and support.”