Interim Newcastle United manager Joe Kinnear has already started planning for the January transfer window and is eyeing up potential targets for the Magpies.
Kinnear had expected to end his spell in charge long before the new year, but he now finds himself planning for the second half of the campaign at St James' Park.
He confirmed: "I spoke to (executive director) Dennis Wise last week. I didn't think when I first took the job that I would be here this long to be honest.
"At the time it was clear they had somebody who was going to buy the club within eight weeks, so we didn't get down to talking about finances and stuff for players.
"But now, because it seems the club won't be sold until after Christmas, I've got my eye on two or three players that we need.
"I've identified them and Dennis has been given the task of going out and getting them, provided we get the finance.
"Dennis has also been given the task of removing some of the players that I feel are not good enough for the club.
"Mike Ashley has told me to keep the money I get for selling any players and invest it back into the team.
"I am to work on the assumption that if there is somebody I desperately want, then it is possible he would put his hand in his pocket, providing the sale of the club is not imminent at the time."