Birmingham City manager Alex McLeish has set his sights on signing up to four new players during the January transfer window.
McLeish is stepping up his plans now stability is assured for the foreseeable future with the collapse of the Carson Yeung takeover bid.
The new Blues boss was given guarantees that chairman David Gold and co-owner David Sullivan were almost certain to still be in charge when he replaced Steve Bruce three weeks ago.
With that promise now fulfilled, McLeish can begin to stamp his mark on the squad by brining in new blood and also allowing the likes of central defender Martin Taylor and midfielder Neil Danns to leave.
McLeish has been given assurances that money will be available to spend although insists he has been given no set figure by Gold and Sullivan. The former Scotland boss said: "At last (the failed takeover bid) is in public. It is good news now that everybody knows. The clarity is there for fans and we can move forward.
"David Gold, David Sullivan and (managing director) Karren Brady seem as if they have been revitalised. Hopefully we can look forward to some good things together. When I had the meeting with them when I came to Birmingham, there were things they told me that I could not reveal publicly. Those talks were part of the reason for me coming here.
"Those talks were important.I was given the impression at that time the takeover wouldn't be going through and I based my acceptance of the job on that."
McLeish added: "I can now get on and try and finalise plans for January. There are a lot of names being mentioned. We are trying to get players in that we really know and have done a fair bit of research on.
"If we can add three or four players it should make us stronger.
"How much money have I got to spend? I don't think there's any hard and fast numbers. It's a case of me saying to David Sullivan, Karren or the chairman 'I would like to get that player, he will make us better'.
"If we can guarantee that, then I am sure we will get the backing within reason."
McLeish admitted he is in regular touch with Sullivan who wants to increase his stake in the club now the protracted Yeung interest is over. He said: "I like the email dialogue I have with David. I have an owner who knows players around the globe and has obviously got all the stats books.
"It's similar situation to my chairman at Rangers - David Murray. I went into David's office in Edinburgh every now and then and he had all the books, all the football bibles.
"Myself and David Sullivan speak on the phone a couple of times a week. David is available any time I want or I am available any time he wants."