Mark Hughes insists Manchester City will not embark on another spending spree during the January transfer window.
City spent a fortune in the summer bringing in the likes of Carlos Tevez, Emmanuel Adebayor and Gareth Barry as the club search for instant success under the ownership of the Abu Dhabi United group.
Hughes' side currently lie fourth in the Premier League table, ahead of Arsenal and Liverpool, as the summer rebuild looks to be paying off.
Despite fine early season form, the club have constantly been linked with new mega-money moves for the likes of Yossi Benayoun and Sevilla's Luis Fabiano.
However, Hughes has moved to quash such claims, maintaining that the club will only strengthen if need be.
"What people must understand is that our business in the last window was unprecedented. That will not happen again," said Hughes.
"This notion that we will throw money at whatever player - that is not the case.
"We do not feel we need to go into the market to the extent we did in the last two windows.
Strengthening"It's about looking at players for areas of the team that still need strengthening. Those are the ones we will target. It will not be wholesale comings and goings, I can assure you of that."
Hughes has been under intense pressure to get results after his summer transfer exploits and to date he has delivered, to the delight of his employers whom he recently met with.
He said: "Positive messages came out of the board meeting. We are very pleased with the way things are going from a football point of view and a business point of view.
"We are in good shape. It is about making sure we continue in the same vein."