David Sullivan has few doubts that, given the inherent disillusionment of some Birmingham City supporters, Steve Bruce would "jump ship" if the right offer from another club came along.
Sullivan, the club's majority shareholder, has launched yet another stinging attack on the fans and suggested that they would not even be happy if David Beckham moved to St Andrew's.
Having admitted he would sell his stake in the club if the right offer came along, he also revealed several players would not sign for Birmingham last summer because of the negative reaction of the St Andrew's crowd.
However, Sullivan has also tried to show a more conciliatory attitude towards the supporters and says that, with hindsight, the club did charge too much money for last Sunday's home match against Stoke City, which only attracted an attendance of 15,854.
He calls the crowd "nervous" and is anxious for the days when there is less negativity around St Andrew's. But whatever the tone of his rhetoric (and that can vary), he struggles to conceal his feelings for why harmony is lacking at St Andrew's.
"You need a reaction when you get gates of 15,800 like against Stoke last weekend because we cannot sustain a promotion challenge on gates of 15,800," Sullivan said.
"Maybe we’ve got it wrong. Maybe we should settle for being in the bottom half of the table, get relegated, let everyone in for a fiver, have no pretensions of promotion and pay players low wages.
"Let’s see if that is what the public want because I just don’t know what they want. People like to moan and I think if we bought David Beckham, the fans would be saying 'he's an old has-been, who wants David Beckham?'
"I’m not sure who we would have to sign for the fans to say ‘that’s a marvellous signing’. I think, from the manager through to the managing director and through to the players, if they get an offer, they will jump ship because it is wearing on them.
"They do not feel appreciated. We had players last year we tried to sign who would not come to Birmingham City because they don’t like the crowd and the reception they get.
"I hope a Roman Abramovich No 2 decides to buy Birmingham. Then the fans can have a new owner with huge pockets and everyone can have smiles on their faces for about six months — and then they will moan again."
Meanwhile, Eric Black, Bruce's assistant, has defended Damien Johnson's contribution to Birmingham, despite comments from supporters claiming the midfield player no longer warrants a place in the starting line-up.
When Bruce made a double substitution on the hour mark against Stoke, hundreds of supporters chanted "you don't know what you're doing". It is understood that the fans were lamenting Bruce's decision to keep Johnson on the pitch.
"I can fully understand supporters being fully aggrieved because of the cost of the game and the time it kicked off and I would also agree that the quality of football wasn't fantastic," Black said. "But it was calls at Steve when he made the substitutions that really surprised me. Whatever opinions people have, for so many of them to sing what they did at Steve when he made the substitutions was very surprising for me.
"When you think of what the manager has achieved at this club and the fact we're sitting third with two games in hand, I can't find that acceptable whatever the reasons.
"I would agree that maybe playing Jonty on the right doesn't give us natural width because he's not a natural wide player. However, he contributes a lot of other things.
"He was absolutely outstanding last year in a lot of the games. You can never criticise Damien Johnson's effort, or his application, at training or in games and his desire to do well.
"Yes, there are bits that he knows he needs to improve on but he's been asked to play full back, centre midfield and wide right and he's done it without a whisper.
"I think he deserves the opportunity to be in there. People may look at it and say 'Seb Larsson is a better crosser than Jonty' and Jonty probably wouldn't deny that, but different people have different assets.
"I still think he's done enough to justify being in the team and I can assure people that when the gaffer thinks anybody is not contributing enough, they won't play."