New Birmingham City manager Alex McLeish has been promised funds to spend during the January transfer window by the current board.
Chairman David Gold and co-owner David Sullivan seem certain to still be in power at St Andrew's, after the apparent collapse of the Carson Yeung bid. McLeish was told the buy-out attempt by Hong Kong businessman Yeung had only a small chance of happening when he replaced Steve Bruce just under a fortnight ago.
There are unlikely to be huge amounts to spend next month, but McLeish has already stated he intends to try and strengthen a squad which has lost seven of its last nine league games.
Gold said: "Alex has identified certain areas of the side that need improving. Presuming we are still the incumbents at the time he wants to buy, then we will support the manager with squad strengthening.
"Alex had concerns about the takeover, as did we, but we were able to tell him when he came here that we felt that it only had a 10% chance of succeeding.
"We don’t think it will happen now, so we have had to assume we will be in charge when the January window opens - although we still cannot rule out the possibility of new owners."
Blues will look for a period of stability if the Yeung deal falls through and he cannot meet the December 20 deadline set by Sullivan.
But Gold expects interest in buying Blues will continue from other interested parties over the next few months. He said: "I can see us being in charge of the football club in January, but none of us can say what will happen over the next five years as far as the board of Birmingham City are concerned.
"Even if Carson Yeung cannot complete the takeover, there will be people out there looking to buy into Premier League clubs."
Former Scotland boss McLeish has indicated he could look north of the border to bring in new blood. He said: "Would I bring in trusted players? There is no doubt about that. It just depends if the target is available or if we can afford the target.
"There is no doubt I would like to bring in players I have worked with or players I have seen that I would like to work with. We have definitely things down on paper."
Meanwhile, Birmingham midfielder Mehdi Nafti will be suspended for next Saturday’s home clash with Reading.
The Tunisia international picked up up his fifth yellow card of the season during the 2-1 defeat at Newcastle on Saturday.