Paul Warne insists that Rotherham missed out on Jordan Willis and Omar Bogle in the transfer window through no fault of their own.
The failure to get the pair through the door on transfer deadline day left a disappointing taste in the mouth, despite some previously impressive work.
Club-record bids were lodged for both of the men, but Willis stayed at Coventry after they decided not to sell and Bogle joined Wigan for a fee expected to rise to £1million.
“I thought we would have had two more bodies through,” Warne said. “We did everything that we could.
“We had two club-record bids so the chairman fully backed what we wanted to do. They were good bids.
“It wasn’t through the lack of what the club did. It’s disappointing but I reckon if you spoke to every other manager I doubt they very much they got every target.”
On Willis, who was understood to have a medical booked at the club on Tuesday, Warne added: “They didn’t want to sell him in the same way I didn’t sell to Wardy.
“That’s their best player, he is their captain, their shining light, so you can understand why they don’t want to sell him.
“We went to a really good price, their valuation, and at the end of the day it’s their say. Unfortunately for us they stopped that and they can understand why.”