Sunderland boss Steve Bruce has signalled the end of the wholesale changes which have characterised his first year or so on Wearside.
Bruce has radically overhauled the squad he inherited from predecessors Ricky Sbragia and Roy Keane, continuing that work this summer by selling the likes of Lorik Cana and Kenwyne Jones and drafting in record buy Asamoah Gyan and the likes of Titus Bramble and Cristian Riveros.
However, he has admitted in the past that he has perhaps done too much, too soon and is now looking towards a period of stability.
Bruce told the Journal: "The era of big changes is over, definitely. I am approaching a year and a half of a three-year contract and I cannot envisage going and doing at Christmas or next summer what we have just done.
"For a start, I will exhaust everyone at the club - and myself! We have had something like 28 out and in, and that not even in a year and a half.
"I cannot see me making more wholesale changes - it would be ridiculous to think it."