NEWCASTLE United have issued a statement from manager Alan Pardew in the wake of the closing of the transfer window.
The club signed just one senior player this summer – loanee Loic Remy – and efforts to bring in more reinforcements came to nothing.
And Newcastle owner Mike Ashley and director of football Joe Kinnear came under renewed fire from fans after the window closed.
Supporters felt the club’s squad needed further strengthening after last season’s relegation battle.
However, Pardew, in a carefully-worded statement, says fans should approach the season in a “positive, optimistic frame of mind”.
Pardew said: “We are delighted to have brought Loic Remy to the club in this window, and we believe he will form an exciting and effective partnership with Papiss Cisse.
“Joe has worked hard on numerous targets, particularly an additional offensive player.
“However, some of the options that were available within our financial means were not as good as the players we already had, and there is no point bringing in new players unless they can improve us and take us forward.
“We did the majority of our business in the January window, signing five excellent first-team players.
“With the strong squad we have we should all approach the season in a positive, optimistic frame of mind.”