Steve McClaren admits he has been frustrated at Nottingham Forest 'every day since the first day I came here', with a lack of bodies responsible for the club's slow start.
The Reds have stumbled out of the blocks this season, with just one win in seven leaving them languishing inside the Championship relegation zone.
Pre-season talk of promotion pushes and high-profile arrivals appears to have been wide of the mark, with performances falling well short of the standards set at the City Ground in recent years.
A 2-1 defeat to arch-rivals Derby on Saturday saw Forest hit a new low for the 2011/12 campaign, with McClaren admitting afterwards that his side are not good enough at the moment.
It is his job to address that issue, but he has once again taken the opportunity to point out that he can only achieve so much with his hands tied in the transfer market.
"Frustrating is a good word. I have been frustrated every day since the first day I came here," McClaren said in the Nottingham Evening Post.
"Yes, it is a tradition that this club has a slow start (in recent years). But we have already highlighted the reasons why that has happened in the past.
"We have not addressed that this season (with new signings) and now the club has had another slow start. It is now affecting everyone.
"New faces lift the spirits at clubs. The last one was Ishmael Miller, I can't remember when that was now. We have been trying to add to that, but without success.
"We have been trying to get things done (in the loan market). But the quality of player who might make a difference; the quality of player we want, is either not available or too expensive for us.
"When you lose nine players and replace them with five, you will be short. But we need players who can make a difference and the kind of quality we are after is sometimes not available or there can be other reasons why we cannot get them.
"But that is not an excuse for the performance of the team against Derby. We accept responsibility for that. I accept responsibility for that.
"That is the key thing. We must not let this happen again."