What does Bristol City head coach Sean O'Driscoll need to do during the transfer window and beyond?
The January transfer window is due to close in eight days and Championship strugglers Bristol City have, so far, made just one addition to their squad.
It can be argued that the decision to part company with manager Derek Mcinnes midway through the month and appoint Sean O'Driscoll head coach has held things up on the recruitment front.
Having sold Brett Pitman and Martyn Woolford to Bournemouth and Millwall respectively and prepared the ground for Joe Edwards to move to Yeovil, McInnes paved the way for new arrivals to come to Ashton Gate on a permanent basis.
Midfielder Liam Kelly arrived from Kilmarnock and a deal was set in motion to recruit centre-back Kyle McFadzean from Crawley Town. But any other deals McInnes had planned were shelved following his departure.
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In contrast, O'Driscoll is prepared to bide his time and utilise the loan market when it reopens for business in February. He has warned City fans not to expect a raft of permanent signings this month, describing the January transfer window as "a myth."
But there is no doubt a team struggling at the foot of the table urgently needs strengthening if relegation to League One is to be averted.
Even though successive managers have recognised the need to bolster a defence that is among the most porous in the Football League, City have still not recruited a commanding centre-back.
A number of stop-gap solutions have come and gone and, after all this time, City are still dependent upon Louis Carey and Liam Fontaine to shore things up at the back.
With City bottom of the pile and fast running out of games, do they have time to wait for McFadzean to recover from the serious viral infection that has disrupted his season and regain full fitness or should O'Driscoll be seeking a quick-fix solution in the loan market before it is too late?
McInnes made no secret of his desire to sign a goal-scoring midfielder and he brought Kelly to Ashton Gate early in the window. But is the former Kilmarnock play-maker an adequate replacement for Neil Danns, who recently returned to Leicester at the end of his loan spell, and do the Robins still require a more experienced alternative in the middle of the park?
With Edwards gone and Mark Wilson out of contract and by no means sure of being offered a new one, is there also a case for bringing in a right-back to provide competition for Richard Foster?
Carey, James Wilson and Cole Skuse can all operate on the right side of defence, but O'Driscoll has warned against playing people out of their strongest positions.
Financial restraints will limit what the new head coach is able to do, but City fans will want an answer to one question above all others. Should O'Driscoll go all out for a quick-fix solution in the loan market in a bid to keep the Robins in the Championship or begin planning for life in League One?