This January transfer window has been an eventful one for Cardiff City.
It seemed to start reasonably well enough. The captures of Perry Ng and Max Watters appeared shrewd acquisitions, but the underlying uncertainty over the future of boss Neil Harris became an increasingly key narrative.
A run of seven straight defeats in all competitions has left City 15th in the Championship, and closer to a relegation fight than a battle for the top six.
It wasn't supposed to be this way, of course.
The mood in the capital was sky high after the summer transfer window, with the club's loan move for Harry Wilson on deadline day the pick of what seemed an exciting haul of signings.
Mehmet Dalman was categoric in laying out the club's expectations for the season ahead, admitting the hierarchy would be "disappointed" if they were not challenging for the top six by January.
It was therefore no surprise to see Harris sacked after the limp 1-0 defeat at the hands of QPR, but one wonders what the tone of this coming deadline day is likely to be.
At the moment, new boss Mick McCarthy appears more interested in getting points on the board, starting with Barnsley on Wednesday night.
Speaking ahead of that game, he twice played down suggestions that there could be new additions through the door before the end of the month, although it seems nothing is completely off the table as of yet.
Incomings are still possible, but for now the focus is clearly around matters on the pitch, and the players already on board.
"I think we’ve got a good squad," he said. "Sometimes if you can bring in a couple of faces it livens the place up. But we’ve not had that conversation yet.
"The Barnsley game is going to be a real test for us and I’m going to know a lot more on Wednesday night/Thursday morning, but I think we’ve got a strong squad, to be honest.
"We’ve got 22 players. Two players in every position. There might be some movement, but I want to get this game out of the way first. Let’s have a look and see what happens."
It's understood McCarthy was approached by Dalman and Ken Choo over the weekend over whether he had any targets in mind, but he appears to have told them a similar line - 'let me get out there and see what we've got first'.
Nevertheless, a centre-back is believed to be near the top of the list of possible recruits, with City seemingly losing out to Scottish Premiership leaders Rangers in the race for Bournemouth's Jack Simpson.
Reports have linked the club with an interest in Zak Jules at Walsall, but it's understood that Cardiff will only move for a player if a deal can be done at the right price.
However, with Aden Flint seemingly closing in on full fitness, and with the option to also recall Ciaron Brown from his loan at Livingston, the club are pretty relaxed on what might happen next.
A more pressing priority at the moment is to make sure no one leaves.
McCarthy appears happy with the balance of his squad at the moment and, while refusing to rule out any departures, doesn't seem too interested in moving people on at this stage.
"There may be some who are playing, or some who are not playing that might feel like they want to move, but we need all the players that we’ve got and if anybody does move then I guess it’ll be with our permission or if we can do something else to replace them," he said.
"We don’t want to be left with the bare bones either.
"I’m not looking to get shot of anybody and I’m guessing that if we’ve still got those 23 players then it’ll be difficult to bring anybody in.
"But I want to get this game out the way. This is the most important thing for me and for the club."