Tony Pulis is confident he can add a higher quality of player to his Stoke City squad during the summer.
Stoke have retained their Premier League status after pulling clear of the relegation zone and could yet finish the season in the top half of the table.
Pulis spent wisely 12 months ago and also recruited key performers James Beattie and Matthew Etherington during the January transfer window.
He has splashed out in the region of £27million since the Potters' promotion and has praised chairman Peter Coates' flexibility regarding the transfer budget.
Brilliant chairman"Peter is a brilliant chairman because he sets a budget, but then tells you that if something else comes up we will take a view on it. We did that with Etherington and Beattie at Christmas time," Pulis told The Sentinel.
"He's just a football man, so he knows how things move.
"You plan your season out, but then all of a sudden there's injuries, or suspensions or someone doesn't perform as you'd hoped and so you have to move on. Peter understands all that kind of movement."
Regarding his plans to improve his squad for next season, Pulis believes Stoke are in a position to attract better players this summer.
He added: "I honestly think we will, fingers crossed, be able to step up to the next level when we are talking to players.
"We are still at a low level compared to a lot of clubs in the Premier League, but I don't think we are on the bottom rung any more."