Sam Allardyce is now heading into what is described as a difficult time to get business done, the January transfer window, and he knows that amongst the normal stories linking players in and out of the club it will be a month where he will have targets to aim for in the opening of another calendar year.
"During the window you have to deal with all the speculation around clubs that may be interested in some of your players and you have to put up with all the normal tittle-tattle so it is a difficult month.
"We haven’t got enough numbers at the moment, if we were all fit we wouldn’t be too bad but we would certainly like to sign a couple of players if possible, it’s a difficult window though so lets hope we find two.
"With today’s inflated prices you have to be certain when you sign players that they are going to work for the football club and make the team better and help the club get out of the position they are in at the moment. Having been in this position over many years now when we make the decisions they will hopefully be the right one."
Once the festive period of fixtures come to an end the manager will have an opportunity to sit down with the board to discuss their targets for this final window of the season.
"We are looking at who is available and then once we have the next two games out of the way I will sit down with the chairman and have a look at our options and see if we can get the deals done as soon as we can in January.
"It is a difficult time to take over a football club with all the games at this time of the year but I am working my through getting to know the players and relying on the people already here trying to get the right answers as my focus at this time has to be about the first team."