Birmingham City co-owner David Gold has reiterated his full backing for Steve Bruce and insisted he has total belief in his manager.
It has been a tough week for the Birmingham boss with his side losing against Aston Villa for the first time under his tenure and fellow coowner David Sullivan voicing his disappointment at their start to the campaign.
However, Gold has backed his manager to the hilt ahead of their crunch clash with Blackburn Rovers this weekend where Bruce will be desperate to put one over Robbie Savage, who left St Andrew's under a cloud in January.
And Gold is adamant that Bruce's team is on the cusp of turning the corner and that this bad run of form will soon be a distant memory.
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"I believed in Steve Bruce when he joined us as manager and I still have exactly the same belief in him now," said Gold.
"He still has the same enthusiasm and the same will to win that he has always had and he will get us through this bad patch.
"I believe that the players and management are capable of lifting us out of the current doom and gloom and that we will start climbing the table."
Gold believes that the first Premiership defeat against Villa has left everyone on a downer, but he insists there is evidence to prove the tide is turning.
He cited the impending return of Nicky Butt and the resurgence of David Dunn as two reasons to be cheerful ahead of the trip to Ewood Park.
" Everyone was disappointed to lose against Villa and falling into the relegation zone made it seem doubly worse," said Gold.
"However, it is not as though we are being whacked 4-0 every game and we played very well against Arsenal and Liverpool.
"We had three men sent off in consecutive fixtures and there wasn't a violent incident amongst them.
"We have our injured players returning now and you have to believe that these players will get us through this bad spell.
"If we win one game, then the clouds will be lifted and we will all be feeling optimistic again."
Nevertheless, Gold admitted he wasn't enjoying the experience of being in the relegation zone.
Birmingham travel to Ewood Park on Saturday before entertaining Norwich in the Carling Cup and then welcome rock-bottom Everton to St Andrew's next weekend.
A trip to Newcastle United is then followed by a twoweek break for internationals and Bruce will hope to have virtually a full squad to choose from by the time they entertain Bolton in mid-November.
Gold is hoping that the returning players will help fulfil his pre-season prophecy.
"I said at the start of this season that this is the best squad of players we have had for 25 years and nothing has changed my belief in that," he continued.
"A lot of the injured players have yet to come back and we all have to stick together at this time. It isn't very pleasurable being stuck in the bottom three, but I remain positive that Steve will see us through it.
"Our best players have to perform for us, but I am sure they will and even though I may be digging a hole for myself, I still stand by my statement about this squad of players.
"We were towards the bottom of the table last season and then won four games on the trot in December to transform our campaign, but I would settle for a couple of wins this time."
The Birmingham manager, too, is confident his team will turn the corner sooner rather than later and is convinced that the hard labour being shown by his troops on the training ground will bring tangible rewards.
"I always find that when you are up against it, you are better keeping your head down and concentrating on the football," said a bullish Bruce.
"We are disappointed with the results, but we will be working very hard on the training ground to make sure we can turn it round. I am very confident with the group of players we have that we can do that."