Ronnie Moore is excited by the “challenge” of building his own team at Hartlepool United despite the greed of some players.
Moore, who is keen to bring in up to nine new players, likened the summer transfer market to a game of poker as he looks to avoid starting pre-season with a small squad.
And the straight-talking Pools boss is keeping his cards close to his chest as he looks to revamp a side that narrowly avoided relegation out of the Football League.
The Sky Bet League Two season finished over a fortnight ago but Moore has been in work almost every day since, spending his days at Victoria Park on the phone to agents and potential signings.
While he insists he enjoys this time of year, he admits the “greed” of some players can make it a frustrating time for managers up and down the country.
“I do enjoy this time of the year,” Moore told SportMail.
“It is a big challenge now to build my own team and of course you want as much help as you can to do that but it is difficult.
“No matter who comes in, sometimes you have to take a gamble on players and you just hope it works out for you.
“Sometimes it does, sometimes it doesn’t and it is like a game of poker as you have to hold your hand and bluff one or two about what you can afford.
“That is the side I don’t like because you are in the lap of the Gods then. You could be very close to signing one player and then another team pipes up and offers £200 more and you can’t get near it and you lose them.
“And for a lot of players, now it is all about money.
“It is not always about what opportunities they will get or how many games they will play, it is how much you can pay them and you can miss out on players because they are a bit greedy.
“That is a massive frustration but it is the story of my managerial life.
“I have never had mega bucks to play with and pre-season is always hard because you are dreading that you might only have 15 players when it starts.
“You have to hold your nerve because there are players out there.
“But you want the best player out there, not the 10th best.”
Moore had a big clear out this summer, with high earners Marlon Harewood and Stuart Parnaby released, along with Jack Compton and Tommy Miller, as he looks to breathe new life into a squad that just avoided relegation last term.
Darren Holden and Jonny Maxted were also axed, with Scott Flinders, Neil Austin, Jonathan Franks and Matthew Bates all offered reduced terms.
The club is yet to confirm the futures of the quartet but SportMail understands stopper Flinders, who captained the side last season, could be set to leave Pools after six years at the club.