Bruce praise for board
By Chris Stanton
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Steve Bruce has reiterated the "special" relationship he enjoys with Blues' board.
Ahead of Birmingham's intriguing match with Everton this Saturday, manager Steve Bruce has reiterated the "special" relationship he enjoys with Blues' board.
Bruce appears to enjoy the unconditional support of chairman David Gold despite their inauspicious start to the Premiership season.
Blues host The Toffees at the weekend lying third from bottom in the league with just one win to their name.
Blues' early season malaise has been particularly surprising considering the money invested in Bruce's squad.
And following a host of injuries, Bruce believes he may have to make another plea to his employers.
"Well, when we were up against it in our first year we invested in the squad," Bruce told Sky Sports News.
"I think the chairman and the co-owner, Mr Sullivan, I think they realise we have been hampered badly.
"We've paid big money for good players and there's nothing you can do if they get injured, those are the facts.
"I think they realise with five or six players out each week and the size of the squad we have it's too much but I'm not going to take that for granted.
"I've got a special relationship and I'm very close to the chairman and Mr Sullivan and the rest of the board."
Bruce admits Blues' underachievement has brought with it pressure from supporters but believes the midweek Carling Cup win over Norwich, combined with a St Andrews victory on Saturday, would dispel much of the early anxiety.
"We all know in management that it's not really those people who get you into trouble in football, it's the supporters and all the doom and gloom," he added.
"But I'm looking to get a positive result tomorrow and go up five or six places.
"We're in the last 16 of the cup, it's not as doom and gloom as before and that's how quickly it can change."
Bruce also highlighted the fear of failure which grips the vast majority of his Premiership peers.
"The media, the newspapers - "under pressure" comes out very quickly," continued Bruce.
"The fear we, as Premiership managers have, is the fear of failure, we all just don't want to be in the bottom three.
"We all strive to keep our club in the Premier League because we know how much it means."
Birmingham's board have backed Bruce by giving the go-ahead to a renewed bid for Austrian defender Paul Scharner.
Brann have already rejected one bid for Scharner's services - believed to be in the region of £2.1 million - but another offer is expected imminently.
"I am not going into the details of the offer - but we have put a bid in which has been rejected. I am sure discussions will be ongoing," added Bruce.
"Paul can't go anywhere until January. Ideally we would like to get him signed up and bring into the squad with Bergen's season finishing on Sunday - even though he can't play for a couple of months."