Wholesale changes are expected at Bristol City this summer, as the club comes to terms with surviving relegation.
Midfielder Cole Skuse, whose goal led to the vital 2-0 win against Barnsley on Saturday which secured City’s Championship status, said yesterday he expected a “big rebuild” in the summer.
Skuse, who scored his second goal in two games against Barnsley having not found the net all season before his equalising goal against West Ham United four days before, told the club website: “I’m sure it will be a big rebuild in the summer. He [McInnes] has got his own plans and his own agenda, and I’m sure he’ll be given a bit of money and time to think about things in the summer.”
His comments echoed those of City boss Derek McInnes, who said yesterday that he would need to make changes to his squad to prevent another relegation fight next season.
“With the situation we’ve been in, I think that would suggest there’s work to be done,” McInnes said. “It’s a big summer and we need to try and recruit well.”
“I know where this club can be and I don’t want to be part of a relegation battle next season.”
Speaking to BBC Radio Bristol, chairman Colin Sexstone added he expected a large number of changes in personnel over the summer.
“Derek has to decide, along with us, which ones aren’t going to be offered contracts and which ones are. I’m sure he’ll come to us with targets for next year and we’ll look at that as sensibly as we can.
“Potentially there’s quite a few going out and I’d expect to see a number of new faces over the summer.”
City complete their season at Burnley on Saturday.