Derby boss Billy Davies is demanding a multi-million pound kitty for the transfer window - if he ever gets to speak with the new chairman.
Adam Pearson took over from Peter Gadsby at the end of October, but Davies has not had a conversation with the Rams' chief for the last three weeks.
And Davies opted to use the media to fire a message out to Pearson - "give me the cash to save this club from the drop."
"It would be good to have a conversation with the chairman, to sit down and speak to him," Davies said.
"I've met him and spoke to him on the phone, but I've not seen him for the last few weeks, so we will wait and see what happens.
"Will I see him this week? That's a million dollar question, but I'm not going to ask to see him.
"I had a different relationship with Peter Gadsby. There was a lot more contact, a lot more phone calls.
"If I see him before Christmas that would be nice. That would be good. But being a busy man, he's obviously things on his mind and things to sort out.
"He is away doing what he is doing, so now we will have to wait and find out what is going on.
"If I do sit down with him then I'm hoping if any investment comes in, surely it has to go towards the playing staff."
"This team we have at the moment is not good enough to compete in the Premier League," Davies insisted.
"That's no reflection on the current group of players who have done a magnificent job to get us here.
"But they need confidence, and they need to see players walking in through the door who have that special technique, a little trick to play at this level.
"These players cannot be faulted. They are giving everything they have got, but the gulf is enormous in the Premier League.
"Yet with quality added to the squad we can certainly improve.
"And the only way you get players into a club is by putting your money where your mouth is on transfer fees and giving players contracts that reflect they can play in the Premier League."