Birmingham City chairman David Gold has pledged the board’s support for Alex McLeish when the transfer window opens in January.
Gold said the board would assist the manager in strengthening his squad for a concerted promotion push and added that potential targets were already being considered.
Blues have made a superb start to their Coca-Cola Championship campaign as they bid to bounce back to the Premier League at the first time of asking. However, McLeish has admitted he is short of numbers in midfield and at centre back.
Blues were without defenders David Murphy, Radhi Jaidi and Stephen Kelly, plus midfielders Quincy and Damien Johnson, as well as striker James McFadden for Tuesday night’s victory over Crystal Palace, which lifted them to the top of the table. McFadden, Quincy and Murphy should all be fit for the visit of Sheffield Wednesday on Saturday but McLeish knows another flurry of injuries could make a severe dent in his side’s promotion aspirations.
“We are assessing the situation constantly,” Gold said. “It is an on-going process and we are looking to improve the squad. We will do everything we can to help Alex.
“Obviously, when you lose £30 million through relegation it hurts. There are a lot of other clubs over the years who have not recovered and some have gone into administration.”
Gold said one of the most important tasks the club has faced since relegation is restoring supporters’ confidence.
Gates have regularly been below 20,000 this season and only 17,700 were at St Andrew’s on Tuesday. Now, Gold has pledged the board would do everything possible to win back supporters.
“I fully understand the economic situation people face. We need to expel the doom and gloom and being top of the league can do that,” he said.