Former Nottingham Forest boss Dougie Freedman has blamed his side's struggles partly at the door of others.
The club lost 1-0 to Sheffield Wednesday at the weekend and have a total of just 14 points from their opening 14 games, and are currently 17th in the Championship.
Forest have had two successive transfer windows under embargo, and Freedman is clearly of the mind his squad is flawed and needs improving.
He told BBC Radio Nottingham after the weekend defeat that mistakes from previous eras have left him paying the price, but he does see a bright future.
Freedman said: "It's about the football club, moving forward in the right way and unfortunately I'm cleaning up other people's mess.
"It's happened over the years and the chairman understands that, and I feel very confident we will do that (get past it). You've got to work your way through it. It was going to be tough, never going to be easy.
"Our aim is to stay competitive on the pitch and get out of this embargo. I think we're achieving that right now. Yes it's a results business but I am so confident as a coach the players put 100 per cent effort in there, it'll turn around."
Freedman is clearly frustrated with how it is going in terms of results, but is not giving up hope of improvement.
His comments about cleaning up other people's mess can be taken as a dig at past managers, or indeed even the financial situation which led to the Football League imposing an embargo.