Brighton chairman Dick Knight has claimed former boss Mark McGhee could no longer attract players to the club.
Albion parted company with McGhee, who leaves after almost three years in charge, on Friday following a frustrating start to the League One season that sees them 17th in the table.
Knight told the club's official website: 'It has been difficult to attract players to the club in the last few months - but it hasn't really been about money.
'Mark has had opportunities, but we haven't been able to bring players in, and I think that a change of manager will rejuvenate that side of it.
'This wasn't done with rancour, and Mark accepted it. At the end of May, I supported him when there were other factions on the board who wanted him to go. I've given him his chance, but it hasn't worked out.
'I don't have any replacements immediately in mind - I've one or two people at the back of my mind, but it's too early for those decisions.'