Chairman Phil Gartside insists Bolton must invest in youth in order to flourish in the English top flight for another 10 years.
The Trotters are about to enter their 10th successive Premier League campaign and Gartside is adamant the club must live within their means to keep that run going, admitting it is futile to even try and keep pace in spending terms with the likes of Manchester City.
He told the club's official website: "To play catch-up with Manchester City, we're talking about £400million , not £10million, not £20million, not spending it on another striker.
"Being realistic, the youth system has got to work because we can invest in the youth and we've got to see some return for it.
"That's the way (manager) Owen (Coyle) wants to move forward, he wants a younger team, he wants a team of youngsters who are going to run for him, obviously youngsters with talent. Hopefully youngsters with talent, who have been brought on by Bolton Wanderers - that's the way forward.
"I think that's true of other clubs in our circumstances. We can't go on forever tipping money into this, it won't work, it's not sustainable and we have to find a way of supplementing that talent, or supplementing the talent we've got with home-grown talent."