Alan Knill will be focusing on quality not quantity next season after revealing plans to trim down his Torquay side.
The former Bury and Scunthorpe boss was officially unveiled as the successor to Martin Ling on Thursday having helped keep the Gulls in League Two during his nine-week stint at the end of the season.
Knill spoke of his desire to work with a core group of players with a focus on Football League experience.
"I'm going to say all areas need strengthening as we finished fifth from bottom," he said.
"I'm a big believer that if you haven't got the biggest squad then the majority of those players have to be able to play, that you're not putting players on the pitch and hoping, that you know they are going to have an impact.
"So we are going to try and work with a small squad with 14 or 15 of that squad being proper players that know about league football. Then around that we want some development players.
"I did think when I walked in that the squad was too big, we had 23 or 24 players and it made it quite difficult so I know we will cut that down.
"I don't think that is just us. I have spoken to loads of managers and everybody is doing exactly the same. I just want 14/15 players I know can perform at this level."