Derby County’s new manager, Gary Rowett, insists he will not put a ceiling on what the club can achieve between now and the end of the season, reports the Derby Telegraph.
Rowett replaced Steve McClaren at the Pride Park Stadium earlier this week, with the Rams’ season seemingly heading for disappointment.
A winless February, combined with an inconsistent start to March ultimately cost McClaren his job, and also saw Derby’s Play-Off ambitions fall away.
The Rams are currently tenth in the Sky Bet Championship, trailing sixth-placed Sheffield Wednesday by ten-points, with just nine fixtures of the season remaining.
Speaking ahead of his first game in-charge of Derby, against fierce rivals Nottingham Forest, Rowett told the Derby Telegraph: “I’ll never put a ceiling on anything. If something is mathematically possible that’s what we’ll try and do but we have got a lot of work to do and we need to find that right balance.
“We’re not going to set any boundaries. If we get a result Saturday, we’ll try and build on that in the eight games after that.
“We want to create some sort of value in our performances that makes people think ‘I’m really excited about next season.’”
Rowett’s side will be looking to put last weekend’s disappointing defeat to Brighton and Hove Albion behind them on Saturday, when they visit the City Ground to face Forest.
Forest will also have a new face in the dugout, with Mark Warburton taking charge of his first game for the Reds, after he replaced Gary Brazil as first-team manager.
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