Sunderland head-coach Gus Poyet has defended himself by saying that he doesn't make the squad.
Poyet says that he can only work with what he has available to him in the squad and suggests that he doesn't have too much control over the signings made.
The Uruguayan manager says that he will take responsibility for any tactical errors, but he is not prepared to be criticised over deficiencies of the quality in his side.
"I’m a head coach," he said to Sky Sports. "I don’t make the squad, that’s not my job.
“I’ve four defenders, I play what I’ve got. I’ll take responsibility at a set-piece – it was me, I pick the team and put it on the pitch.
“The rest, I’m sorry, I’m not going to take.”
Despite the comments, Sunderland had a relatively busy summer and they are looking to push up the table.
The side narrowly escaped the drop last season, after being saved by a late run of form, and they are desperate to avoid a repeat this time around.
However, the pressure is mounting on Poyet - especially after an 8-0 defeat in their last match against Southampton.
The side have refunded their supporters who travelled to the South-Coast to watch the humiliating defeat, but they are still under heavy scrutiny.
The Black Cats next take on Arsenal at the weekend and they will be aiming to bounce back as soon as possible in what looks a tough test.