"Mr Al Fayed talked to the players individually before the game, wishing them luck," he said. "I don't mind him coming into the changing room at all - it's his club.
"When I was at Inter Milan (president) Massimo Moratti would always come into the dressing room before and after the game. I thought that was good.
"It proves the chairman is 100% behind the players and that he identifies with them. Mr Al Fayed made a big effort before the Birmingham match and I'm sure it was appreciated."