Middlesbrough boss Tony Mowbray admits that some players face the exit door in January as he bids to lower the club's wage bill.
David Wheater, Gary O'Neil and Kris Boyd have all been linked with a move away when the transfer window opens and Mowbray may have to cash in especially if we wants to make additions of his own.
He told the Northern Echo: "When January comes, we will have to wait and see how things unfold. We find ourselves in a position where I'm sure that if I go and ask strongly enough, the chairman will support his new manager.
"However, we have a very high wage bill for this league and that needs addressing. We can't just keep piling more players on top. There will have to be some exits, and hopefully some additions that will improve the balance of the squad."