Bristol City boss Sean O'Driscoll prepared to bide his time to make the right signings
NEW Bristol City head coach Sean O'Driscoll will not be panicked into making signings during the January transfer window.
Bottom of the Championship and six points adrift of safety, the Robins are in urgent need of new recruits if they are to retain their Championship status this season.
City have already signed Liam Kelly from Kilmarnock on a three-and-a-half-year contract and are now trying to broker a deal to bring Crawley Town defender Kyle McFadzean to Ashton Gate.
But O'Driscoll is prepared to bide his time if he has to and utilise short-term options when the window for loan signings reopens in early February.
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He told The Post: "I think the transfer window is a bit of a red herring in the Championship.
"We have the loan window afterwards and it is not like in the Premier League, where you have to do all your business in one particular part of the season.
"What we cannot do is recruit players for the sake of recruiting players, just because I can do it. They have to be the right players for the situation we are in.
"That might be a permanent signing, it may be a loan signing and that is something we have to decide on quite quickly.
"There are already some things in place and the football club has gone down a certain line. I will have to have a look at that."
Having gone up against the Robins while in charge at Doncaster and Nottingham Forest, O'Driscoll has a good knowledge of the players he has inherited from previous manager Derek McInnes.
And he does not envisage making major changes as he plots a route to safety in the weeks ahead, preferring to try to get the best from those players at his disposal.
He said: "I happen to think that, with one or two additions, the squad of players here are as good as anything in the division.
"When I was at Nottingham Forest, we played Bristol City in the first game of the season and there was a hair's breadth between the two teams. We got a goal on the counter-attack to win the game, but a draw would probably have been a fair result.
"That made me think there was ability in the squad as well, which attracted me. There is a feeling among the people I have spoken to, that staying in this division is a distinct possibility.
"There is a will to do it, which is what we want. Nobody is resigned to the fact."