Aston Villa ended the January transfer window without bringing a single player in.
Remi Garde already faces an uphill task to keep the club in the top flight, and his job has not become any easier.
The most notable deals that Villa completed were outgoings, with Gary Gardner and Joe Bennett both heading on loan to the Championship, Jose Angel Crespo returning to Spain on a temporary deal, and Philippe Senderos being released.
These are hardly game changing moves, as they were back-up players, and Garde’s first-team squad remains intact.
However, this is where the issue lies, as this squad is nowhere near good enough for the Premier League.
Garde realistically needed to sign a goalkeeper, a defender and a consistent striker, and whilst a deal for Lovre Kalinic - a keeper - fell through, there were no apparent pushes for any other players.
Garde was backed in the transfer window, and was unlucky to miss out on Kalinic, but all signs now point towards the fact that the club are going to start preparing for next season in the Championship.
It is hard to imagine Garde remaining at the club when they get relegated, and the lack of transfer business completed will give him little hope that he will be able to improve their fortunes in the second tier.
Garde came to Villa tasked with completing an impossible job, and he looks to be heading out of the Midlands club this summer, having failed to complete that job.