TORQUAY UNITED fans can brace themselves for a busy New Year at Plainmoor, on and off the field.
On the pitch the Gulls are due to play at least seven matches in January, starting with Oxford United at Plainmoor today and continuing with Saturday's FA Cup Third Round tie at home to Carlisle United.
But off it there seems sure to be plenty of action too.
For a start, manager Paul Buckle appears to be one of the leading contenders for the vacant managership of League One Bristol Rovers.
Buckle's odds – he has batted away all speculation on the subject – have been slashed from 8/1 to Evens, and even shorter in some places, to become the successor to the sacked Paul Trollope, his former teammate in Torquay's midfield.
Newport County's Dean Holdsworth is on the shortlist, but it would be something of a surprise if Rovers went for him over Buckle, if only for the relative achievements of the two men.
Other contenders are believed to include current caretaker Darren Patterson, former Crystal Palace, Charlton and QPR boss Iain Dowie, ex-Colchester manager Geraint Williams and former Torquay boss Keith Curle, both once Rovers players.
United's leading scorer Elliot Benyon, who hit his eleventh goal of the campaign in Saturday's 2-2 draw at Hereford, is a wanted man now that the January transfer window is open.
Swindon Town manager Danny Wilson has been trailing Benyon for some time.
But fellow League One club Charlton Athletic are also believed to have joined the gaggle of clubs interested in signing the 23-year-old striker.
At Plainmoor United loanee Romone Rose has returned to QPR.
But Buckle has extended the loan of Wolves winger Ashley Hemmings to the end of the season.
And he confirmed at Hereford that he plans to resolve the futures of two more loanees, Martin Gritton (Chesterfield) and Joe Oastler (QPR) after the Carlisle cup-tie, for which they are both available.
League Two rivals Morecambe are expected to move to turn their loan of Gulls defender Kieran Charnock into a permanent move.
But United, who paid Peterborough £10,000 for Charnock 18 months ago, may want a fee for the centre-back.