Sochaux manager Herve Renard believes the club must recruit new players in the January transfer window or face Ligue 1 catastrophe.
Les Lionceaux are in a desperate position at the foot of the table, eight points adrift of safety ahead of Saturday's game against Rennes.
At first glance, that is a winnable match but Sochaux have picked up just one victory all season against Valenciennes at the end of September and only eight points in total.
Renard succeeded Eric Hely at the helm at the start of October but since that time has seen the team secure just three points from nine games and seemingly doomed.
The former Zambia coach has no illusions although he was shocked as they conceded three goals in the first 34 minutes against Nice in the Coupe de le Ligue on Wednesday.
In quotes reported in sport24.lefigaro.fr, Renard said: ``We must remember the good games we managed to do against St Etienne, Monaco, Marseille and Bastia or tell the players that they are able to do so.
``Now we need to remember and focus on Saturday's game against Rennes, which is a very important home game.
``Then we will take a few days of vacation. Everyone will recover a bit.
``2014 may be a better vintage.''
He added: ``I already think we have to recruit players.
``All observers agree that we do not have the level of Ligue 1.
``If we set off again in the same conditions for the second half of the season , I think we face catastrophe.
``After that, you and I know that management has to make choices.
``Buy, it will be difficult but as a loan I think it is possible. We need to correct certain deficiencies in certain positions.''
Rennes have just one win in seven and have lost their last two games but they are 10 points off the relegation zone.