We'll back Derek McInnes in January transfer window, says Bristol City managing director Jon Lansdown
BRISTOL City managing director Jon Lansdown insists the board will continue to back manager Derek McInnes in the transfer market.
The January window opens in a little under three weeks and McInnes is keen to strengthen a squad that is again involved in a protracted fight against relegation.
He has spoken publicly of the need to recruit a right-sided centre-back and could also be in the market for a creative midfielder if Neil Danns returns to Leicester after his loan deal expires on January 8.
Although cash is in short supply and City's board of directors are under pressure to reduce debt in the wake of a club-record annual loss of £14.4 million, majority shareholder Steve Lansdown is prepared to loosen the purse strings in an attempt to secure City's Championship status for another season.
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Under pressure following a disappointing run of results, McInnes recently received public backing from Lansdown senior and, barring anything catastrophic happening in the next few weeks, will be the man spending the money in January.
Jon Lansdown told The Post: "As a board of directors and as a club, we have already proved we are prepared to back the manager.
"Whether the signings turn out to be right or wrong, we back him, and we will continue to do that.
"Given our position, we would be foolish not to do that. We are never going to flat refuse to look at a player the manager wants to bring in.
"We never put a figure on it and say how much we have to spend, because there is no point in doing so.
"If you come up with a figure, all it tends to do is inflate prices. But if the manager comes to us having identified a target, of course we will consider it."
Having reduced the size of his squad considerably last summer, McInnes does not necessarily have to sell before he can buy.
But Lansdown and his fellow directors have a responsibility to try and balance the books and, in accordance with the economic climate, will demand value for money in the transfer market.
"You always look to try to balance it if you can, but the more important part of it is to ensure you identify the right players to bring in," said Lansdown who, along with chairman Keith Dawe, has undertaken a thorough review for recruitment strategy at Ashton Gate.
"It is a very different matter when you think you have the right fit for a certain position rather than just filling a gap for the sake of it.
"The key thing is to improve upon your first 11."
Asked if the need to comply with the requirements of Financial Fair Play, which is set to be introduced at the start of next season, are hampering City's attempts to recruit new players in January, Lansdown said: "I don't think so.
"We are still an attractive club to join and to play for. We want to be known for bringing in the right sort of player and then improving that player's career.
"There is a certain number of players we want in the squad and we cannot just keep bringing people in all the time. Sometimes you need to move some out in order to maintain a balance."