Paul Ince has called on chairman Karl Oyston to help him drag Blackpool out of their slump.
The squad trained yesterday with only 12 fit players – the result of a host of injuries and six loan players having left at the start of the month.
Oyston revealed last week that manager Ince had handed him a list of more than 20 transfer targets, but as yet no new faces have arrived at Bloomfield Road.
Now Ince, under pressure after taking just one point from eight Championship games, has appealed to his chairman for help.
He said: “It would be nice if Karl could back me now and allow me to get some players in.
“If you look how light we are, we need some strength in depth.
“I know we need players, everyone does. It’s important that we see what we can bring into the club.”
Pool contacted several clubs late last week to enquire about the availability of players.
One of those was Leeds forward Luke Varney, who enjoyed a successful loan spell at Bloomfield Road in the Premier League.
Ince, Oyston and club secretary Matt Williams spent yesterday making calls in a bid to boost the squad.
The search has so far been unsuccessful but Ince says they are trying.
He revealed: “I’ve sat down with the chairman again to see what we can bring in.
“It’s not easy because in January everyone wants to wait until the end of the window to make their move.
“We need quality and we need people in. But all these things cost money and unfortunately we aren’t prepared to do that.
“You can see where we are by looking at our bench. On Saturday, we had two 18-year-olds (Henry Cameron, Mark Waddington), a player who has been on loan at Carlisle (Nathan Eccleston) and one who is due to go to Bury (James Caton). That’s where we are. We lack strength in depth.
“Boro brought on Mustapha Carayol and look at the impact he made (scoring both goals to seal victory).”
While fans booed Ince at full-time, some aimed their protests at Oyston by unveiling a banner calling on the chairman to quit.
Oyston has publicly backed his manager, stating his intention to give him more time to turn things around. And while Ince is pleased with the backing, he has called for cash.
“It’s not about the starting 11 – it’s about the strength in depth,” the manager said.
“I thought about changing the game on Saturday and then looked at who I could bring on. We can’t rely on 11 players.
“Ian Holloway was able to bring on three strikers to change things when he was here. We can’t do that.We are down to the bare bones.
“Unless we get players in it’s going to be hard but we’ll keep fighting.