West Bromwich Albion manager Tony Mowbray has spoken of his frustration at not having any funds to spend in the January transfer window.
The Baggies were forced to use the loan market to bolster their squad and Mowbray accepts that that is likely to mean the next few months are spent trying to avoid an immediate return to the Championship.
He told reporters: "You hope that somewhere down the line you can invest in your team to bring better quality to your team to push the team on.
"Historically the money relates to where you finish in the league. The teams with the biggest budgets finish at the top, the teams with the smallest budgets finish at the bottom.
"Our remit has always got to be to punch above our weight.
"It is invariably the big guys who put us to the sword and score the goals. That quality wins you football games.
"I think there are a lot of managers who would like to spend £50million in January and I will sit here and say those who did spend that much this January probably will get out of trouble because of the quality of players they bought.
"Come the end of May, they will look back at January and February and think what a bad time that was, but they were never really in danger.
"The philosopher in me would like to think about what the future does hold.
"Is that what we are going to have to do every year? Just finish outside the bottom three?
"It is not too enjoyable really, when you are striving to be outside the bottom three every year."