Sean O'Driscoll hopes Nottingham Forest will tread carefully with new signings in January
SEAN O'Driscoll will be backed with more new additions in the January transfer window – but the Nottingham Forest manager warned the club must tread carefully with new signings.
When it comes to their permanent additions, the Reds have so far largely maintained a careful policy of recruiting players who have experienced success in the Championship.
And O'Driscoll hopes that remit will be maintained in January – and that the club's ambitious owners will resist the temptation to splash out on big-name signings in the pursuit of success.
"There is a logical progression, when you are trying to construct a team. You want players that you know and, more importantly, have been there and done it and are good characters," said O'Driscoll.
"You can bring in a player because he is a marquee signing that will excite the fans and even put bums on seats – but if he does not deliver, he can cause more harm.
"It has to be right for the player as well. If you are in the market for spending vast amounts of finance on players, you have to make sure they are the right ones.
"The remit would be that you need people who know this division – because this is the division they will be playing in – who can make the step up to the next level, if needs be.
"These things are ongoing and everyone has an opinion, which is the best thing about football and the worst thing in football."
O'Driscoll confirmed he had held early talks with the Al Hasawi family about Forest's January plans.
The manager says it will become more clear what is required over the coming weeks, as the window approaches.
"They have their ideas of what their team needs; of what the squad needs," he said.
"We have our own ideas. What we don't want is to have 35 players wandering around the place.
"Because that would be an unhealthy situation. You can look back at other clubs who have gone down that line and brought players in for the sake of it; because their CV or their past history might make them a good signing – and they have been disasters.
"Whether you have money and resources or not, you have to bring in the right players at the right time for you."