Beleaguered Birmingham City chairman David Gold made an impassioned speech at Monday night’s end of season awards dinner at the ICC.
He called the disappointing relegation campaign the most difficult he had experienced in his 15 years at the club.
Gold had said he would consider standing down as chairman after a section of the St Andrew’s crowd called for the resignation of the board following Sunday’s 4-1 victory over Blackburn, which wasn’t enough to save Blues from an instant drop back into the Championship.
Co-owner David Sullivan was so incensed by his treatment at the hands of some of the supporters, who left his son David Junior in tears with the ferocity of their abuse, he said he no longer wanted anything to do with the club. Sullivan was not at the awards dinner.
But Gold gave a strong indication that he remains fully committed to the club and vowed to do everything he could to help the club bounce back to the Premier League once more.
He said to a large audience: "These are difficult times for us all but I am extremely proud of everyone this evening. It truly has been a difficult season - probably the most difficult season in my 15 years at this amazing football club.
"I guess it was the aborted takeover bid which brought about Steve Bruce leaving for Wigan Athletic. These are always difficult times when a manager leaves a football club.
"Also, another unpleasant event was Karren Brady’s and David Sullivan’s outrageous arrest which I found very, very difficult to cope with. Unfortunately David Sullivan and my brother Ralph can’t be here tonight but Karren is and I would like you to show your appreciation and support for the first lady of football.
"We are very fortunate to have such a special person at our football club. She is going through a difficult time and I am sure she will appreciate your support.
"It has been a difficult season culminating in the sad event of us being relegated by just the one point. But there is a silver lining to this difficult season and that is the arrival of what I believe is an outstanding management team led by Alex McLeish with Andy Watson and Roy Aitken.
"I think we have a management team which I am hugely optimistic we will take this wonderful great club of ours back into the Premier League where we deserve to be.
"What of the future? Well. I am hugely optimistic and I am beginning to feel you are optimistic as well. Listening to Alex and you (the supporters) I am hugely optimistic about the future.
"I know you are hurting, I am certainly hurting from our relegation but I promise you we are going to do everything to keep our best players. That is an absolute promise and I promise I will do everything in my power to assist this great football club of ours to return straight away at the first time of asking - back to the Premier League where this great club deserves to be."
Sebastian Larsson picked up six awards on the night to cap a superb year personally for the midfielder.
The Sweden international was named Player of the Season, the Junior Blues Player of the Season, Players’ Player of the Season and the BRMB Listeners’ Player of the Season.
The 22-year-old’s fantastic winner against Tottenham at White Hart Lane back in December also gave Larsson two more trophies as the goal was named Goal of Season and the Moment of the Season.
Striker Mikael Forssell picked up two awards as top goal scorer and a special trophy in recognition of becoming the first Blues player to score a hat-trick in the Premier League.
Defender Stephen Kelly was presented with the Outstanding Achievement award for completing every minute of every Premier League game for Birmingham, while 16-year-old Jordan Mutch was named Academy Player of the Season.
John Starkey, who runs the Disabled Birmingham City Supporters’ Club, collected the Supporter of the Season trophy while BRMB’s Head of Sport Tom Ross received the Contribution to BCFC award.