Lee Bell insists a lack of activity in the transfer market should not see Crewe disregarded as promotion contenders.
Bristol Rovers and Swindon, both relegated from League One and tipped for an immediate return, have already signed several players.
Crewe, by comparison, have seen six players depart and are yet to bring in anyone new.
Bell told the Sentinel: "Even though we've let a few good players go, I would like to think we could be around the top and make a push for it.
"The club wants promotion and we'll give everything we've got to achieve that."