Sunderland chairman Niall Quinn has told supporters there will be no movement on transfers until the summer.
"There's no point everybody getting worked up about things two or three days after the end of the season," Quinn told BBC Look North.
"It will be July or August before things really get running."
Quinn added: "In the meantime we'll put in the preparation work in, but there's going to be a long summer ahead of us."
Sunderland's 10th-place finish was their highest in the Premier League since 2000/01, when Peter Reid's side ended the campaign in seventh.
However the Wearsiders could have been celebrating a greater achievement, had a mid-season slump not extinguished hopes of European football in 2011/12.
"It was funny how it all worked,but that's why the Premier League is so good.
"You look at the inquest and say it could have been even better, and it's nice to say we are a top-10 club.
"We had eight games that made things awkward for us, but there were circumstances.
"The next step is to improve again, and I've always said it that the day we bring European football to the Stadium of Light is when we'll start patting ourselves on the back."