Birmingham City boss Alex McLeish doesn't expect to make the majority of his new signings until July.
The Championship-bound Blues have added only veteran midfielder Lee Carsley to their ranks since the end of the Premier League season and their relegation was confirmed last month.
But, despite being linked with several potential new signings, McLeish is not looking to rush into the transfer market ahead of schedule.
"There's a need for patience at the moment," he told the club's official website.
"There are a lot people away on holiday and people want to give themselves a well earned rest before they start thinking about business again.
"Having said that, football still won't be too far away from the thoughts of every manager and coach that's on holiday just now, but the nature of the beast is that things normally start happening in July.
"I've had a lot of names in already from agents who are back on the go and have resurfaced since the transfer window has reopened and they're obviously anxious to get players moved and to do a bit of business.
"But I don't want to rush into anything until I find something that I believe will take the club to another level."
Meanwhile, McLeish has denied reports which suggested he was keen to sign veteran defender David Weir, who is out of contract at Rangers this summer.