Signing players will be tough says Bristol City boss Sean O'Driscoll
Bristol City head coach Sean O'Driscoll has warned supporters not to expect a raft of new signings in January.
Bottom of the table and seven points adrift of safety, the Robins are in need of new recruits to boost their fight for Championship survival.
But City's parlous position and the prospect of the club dropping into League One makes them a less attractive proposition for potential new signings.
A realist, O'Driscoll admits the task of landing players better than those already on the Ashton Gate staff before the end of the month is a tall order.
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City have yet to win a game in 2013 and O'Driscol warned: "We are not an attractive prospect at the moment.
"We're bottom of the league and that obviously makes it difficult when you are trying to attract people. If we were top of the league and going for promotion, it would be a different matter. But we are not and that affects what we can do."
Plans were already in place to sign Crawley Town centre-back Kyle McFadzean when O'Driscoll was appointed successor to the sacked Derek Mcinnes last week and the 55-year-old Midlander is keen to bring the Yorkshireman to Ashton Gate. But further permanent signings will be thin on the ground and O'Driscoll is expected to rely instead on the loan market in February and March.
That represents a change in approach from that adopted by McInnes, who was actively seeking to bring a number of players in on long-term contracts when he lost his job.
O'Driscoll is keen to foster harmony and togetherness within the squad he has inherited rather than rock the boat by making extensive changes at this point in time.
He explained: "I want to have a long-term policy as well as a short-term one. But I don't want to fill the place full of players who are not going to be committed to the cause.
"The 11 players who started (at Leeds) and those that came on were all committed to trying to get a result for the club.
"We have to try and keep that sort of spirit if we are going to get out of this. If we can add some quality, then we will. But January is not the be all and end all, because you can always make loan signings after that."