BRENTFORD boss Andy Scott has threatened to wield the axe in January in a bid to clear out the dead wood from Griffin Park.
Despite bringing in 12 new players this summer, the Bees are just three points off the League One drop zone, with just four wins all season.
Scott cleared the decks when he took over as manager in west London, and will do it again in the new year to try and get Brentford's season back on track.
He said: "Some players I have brought in or did very well in League Two have not stepped up to the mark this year.
"We’re all working as hard as we can to make that better. There will be changes in January.
"The lads have got five weeks to show me that they want to be here and deserve to be here. We’re not where we want to be in the league.
"We have to accept that I’ve made mistakes in recruiting players and some players who have come in have not performed to the level that I and they hoped they would.
"I did it when I took over and made harsh decisions on some players, but I did it with a reason and I know exactly how we need to play now.
"It has taken a while to bed things in but the players that we need to improve in this league we need to get into the football club, and if people need to leave to do that then they will."