Alex Morris says Crewe Alexandra did not add to their squad on Transfer Deadline Day because no players were moved on.
The manager explained that he did have potential targets, but needed fringe players to go out on loan to free up funds.
That didn't happen, so The Railwaymen will move forward with the nine additions they made over the summer.
Morris says the squad are now looking ahead with positivity.
He said: "We’ve been actively trying to make use of some outgoing loans in the last few weeks, but nothing has dropped.
"That meant it didn’t free up the possibility to bring in players.
"That’s disappointing because there were targets we had identified, but sometimes in football things don’t roll your way.
"As a result, yesterday was very quiet. It is what it is, and we have a really determined group of players who want to do the best for this club, and we are looking forward positively."
The gaffer said players did have the opportunity to get some game-time elsewhere, but they turned down those opportunities.
He added: "Those players we have spoken to about going out and getting some football obviously didn’t attract the interest that was needed or, in some cases, things that were proposed to them weren’t avenues they wanted to pursue. T
"That’s the choice of the individual, they have ownership and accountability for their careers and we respect their choices."