Bristol Rovers boss Mark McGhee 'positive' about his future at the club ahead of January transfer window
BRISTOL Rovers manager Mark McGhee wants to improve his squad in the January transfer window – if he is still in the job.
Under mounting pressure following Saturday's 1-0 home defeat to Dagenham and Redbridge, the Pirates boss is fast running out of time to turn things around at the Memorial Stadium.
But he retains the backing of chairman Nick Higgs and, so long as Rovers pick up some points in the meantime, the Scot will be given the go-ahead to wheel and deal in January in a bid to climb the League Two table.
Of his own position, McGhee, pictured, said: "I remain positive about being here and the future here.
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"Either I will turn it around with what I have here or if people here think I am not going to do that, what has happened before will happen.
"Someone new will come in and be given the support I would be given and they will turn it around."
There are a number of players on short-term contracts and loan deals which expire at the turn of the year and McGhee has an opportunity to move some out in order to free up cash to fund new signings.
He said: "We have been trying to do things and we know that at Christmas we have to make some changes.
"If I am given the opportunity to do that, improvement will come. We will go into the New Year period and, hopefully, bring in one or two new faces.
"I know the job that needs to be done here and I am looking forward to doing it.
"I have not been here a year yet, and with the transfer windows it doesn't happen overnight.
"I know we are expected to be better off than where we are, but we need time to complete the job."
McGhee certainly has scope to make changes. Signed on loan from Bolton Wanderers earlier in the season, striker Tom Eaves is due to return to the Reebok Stadium at the end of this month.
Guy Branston and midfielder Matthew Lund also arrived on loan from Aldershot and Stoke City respectively and their deals are coming to an end, while striker Derek Riordan and midfielder Wayne Brown are out of contract in January.
McGhee said: "It is not so much about funds; we have people coming out of contract and people on loan, so we have the opportunity to change a few around.
"It is my responsibility as to who we sign, and from the day I got here I was given full autonomy to make those decisions.
"The board have backed me fully in that and they have been fantastic to try to stretch the limit of our funds. We have a budget in this league that is competitive and I have no complaints with that."