Sunderland manager Guy Poyet appeared to criticise the club's transfer policy on Thursday when asked if he was going to strengthen his struggling squad in the January transfer window.
"I want more quality. Do I think I'll get it? I don't know," Poyet, whose side face Newcastle United in the Tyne-Wear derby tomorrow, told reporters.
"You know what is missing. It is clear what we need to do. That is down to recruitment.
"So, if you ever get the chance to speak to anyone on the recruitment side and ask them about it, you are lucky. If you don't, don't ask me."
Sunderland are without a win in six games and are 15th in the Premier League, two points above the relegation zone.
In those games, five of which ended in draws, Sunderland have managed only three goals and increasing his side's firepower will be an obvious priority for the Uruguayan.
However, he said suggested he would have little to do with bringing in new faces after Christmas.
"I am a head coach," Poyet said. "I am not going to be a head coach when it suits and a manager when it doesn't.
"That side is down to recruitment."
Sunderland's main striker Steven Fletcher (left) has managed only four goals this season while Connor Wickham has netted two and US striker Jozy Altidore is yet to score.
Meanwhile, Italy international Emanuele Giaccherini could return to the squad for the trip to Newcastle. The midfielder, who has been out of action since September with an ankle problem, has returned to training and is in contention for the game at St James' Park.
However, Billy Jones (hamstring) will be given another week to build up match-fitness, while fellow full-back Patrick van Aanholt continues his recovery from a dislocated shoulder.