The R's are expected to go on a spending spree in preparation for their top-flight return.
But former Leeds and Crystal Palace midfielder Derry, 33, does not want to see a major overhaul of the squad.
"Nothing has been mentioned about what impact we have got to make next season but you can just sense it," he admitted.
"You walk around Loftus Road and you see the people who run the football club and I don't think fourth from bottom is going to be anything but a failure for this club. And as a player, that is exciting. There are going to be even better times around the corner.
"I think you have got to look at Blackpool - they have given themselves a great chance of staying in the Premier League.
"Look at two or three years ago, Reading made the transition, Steve Coppell kept the nucleus of the side and they had a really good first season.
"I think that is important - you have got to keep the nucleus of the squad and build around it and do it properly. There are no short cuts to success."