"Steve has gone through the ringer," he told the Sunday Sun.
"He's shown his strength of character by the decisions that he's made. He wants this football club to survive. But he also knows that we can cope with whatever's thrown at us and we're strong enough to deal with that.
"He's got a sense of perspective on things, but he is driven and he wants this football club to achieve.
"We share that ambition. It's great to work with somebody with that but also who understands that circumstances can sometimes go against you."