Jim Bentley has admitted for the first time that there may be no new arrivals at Morecambe during the January transfer window.
The Shrimps boss has a small amount of money to spend but is adamant that it will only be used to improve his squad and not “for the sake of it”.
And limited funds mean Bentley is finding it difficult to recruit players of the required quality despite being desperate to bring in fresh faces.
He said: “It’s a bit frustrating.
“We’re in a position to bring probably one in, or if we squeeze it and do a bit of wheeling and dealing two, but it’s about getting the balance right.
“The chairman and the board of directors are an honest bunch and have given me what they can so I’ve got a little bit to play with but not really something that’s going to bring in someone who’s going to make us significantly stronger.
“I’ve identified one or two players who know this level and want to come but finances are stopping that from working.
“It’s about getting the right player but it’s difficult because we’re not blessed with the pennies that a lot of teams are around us.
“We’re always working and we might get one in but we could have to go with what we’ve got at the moment.”
The Morecambe manager has seen other League 2 sides strengthen and says he could look to bring young loanees in but doesn’t think it is fair on the promising players already at the Globe Arena.
He said: “Do we look for Premier League and Championship under 21 players who might come in?
“It’s a gamble and I don’t want anyone to come in just to make the numbers up.
“They’ve got to enhance us and make us better.
“We’ve got good players like (Joe) McGee, (Aaron) McGowan, (Joe) Mwasile, (Chris) Doyle and Will Bell, who’s doing well out on loan at the minute, who are all chomping at the bit for their chance.
“I don’t want to spend what little money I’ve got available just for the sake of spending it.
“We’ve got to be true to the lads that we’ve got in there and give them a fair crack of the whip.
“We’ll see what’s what over the coming days and hopefully I’ll win the lottery over the weekend!”