O'Driscoll to give current Bristol City players every chance
Sean O'Driscoll is refusing to discuss potential new signings while he is attempting to rebuild confidence among the players already at Ashton Gate.
Bristol City's new head coach is looking to bring new players to the Championship club in January and still hopes a deal can be concluded to bring Crawley centre half Kyle McFadzean to BS3.
But he is also mindful of the need to restore self-belief to a squad that is perilously low on confidence after slipping to the foot of the Championship table.
Asked to reveal how many new signings he was targeting, O'Driscoll replied: "I don't really want to talk about that at this moment in time.
"I'm trying to instil a bit of confidence and I want to focus on the players who are going to be involved at Leeds on Saturday.
"I don't think they want to hear me saying how I'm going to bring four or five players in, because that is not going to instil confidence in anybody.
"They have an opportunity on Saturday for me to have a look at them and see what I like and I don't like.
"Given that we are bottom of the league by five or six points, you would think that we are in need of reinforcements. But confidence is a strange animal and it comes and goes.
"There is no point in me collecting players, because there has been too much of that here in the last few years.
"I have a bunch of players who are somebody else's players and I don't particularly want to add to that. I will only bring people in on a permanent basis if they fit into what we are trying to do."
City and Crawley officials are close to reaching an agreement on a fee for McFazean, who has expressed a desire to move to Ashton Gate during the transfer window.
But nothing will happen over the weekend as the focus turns to O'Driscoll's first game in charge at Leeds.