Sunderland chairman Niall Quinn has challenged new manager Steve Bruce to unearth a few more "rough diamonds" as he prepares for a summer spending spree.
Bruce arrived on Wearside this week with the promise of financial backing from new owner Ellis Short if he can find the men he believes can drive the club forward.
Quinn has warned, however, that Short will not spend for spending's sake after seeing the club only just survive relegation from the Barclays Premier League last season despite investing almost £80million in new players during the previous two years.
But rather than targeting marquee signings, the Irishman is hoping Bruce can be as inventive as he was at former club Wigan, where he discovered the likes of Wilson Palacios, Maynor Figueroa and Amr Zaki and reaped the rewards.
Quinn said: "His experience does count for a lot in this appointment, there's no doubt about that. He has taken many a rough diamond and polished them up beautifully, and the clubs he has been with have benefited.
"We hope he can do that for us. The good thing he feels right now is he has been told, 'We trust you, your record has been very good on that. If the deal is smart and it's intelligent, we will do it'."