Departing Birmingham City co-owner David Sullivan insists the board always supported their managers.
â€śWe have only really sacked two managers in the whole time at the club,â€ť Sullivan told the Birmingham Mail. â€śTerry Cooper actually wanted to leave.
â€śHe was worn out by it all. He actually said to me he would like to go, subject to a reasonable pay-off because he had to live.
â€śBarry Fry was probably a premature sacking. In retrospect, he should have got another year. But we were young and naive at the time.
â€śTrevor Francis, that year (2001) we felt we werenâ€™t going to make the play-offs, so we had to make the change.
â€śAs a board, you have to be strong in your choices and back yourself.
â€śOccasionally you change the managers because the supporters tell you you have to change. There are odd times you have to stand up to them and give managers a little bit longer. I remember we played Norwich City (Blues lost 1-0 at St Andrewâ€™s in October 2006) and Steve Bruce thought he had got the boot.
â€śWe said we had to give him three or four games. But if you had had a straw poll of supporters, 90 per cent would have sacked him that night. He turned it round. We went to Derby County, fluked a win, and went up that season.
â€śYou need that bit of luck. The one season we didnâ€™t was in 2000-01. We lost the Worthington Cup when we should have had a penalty for that foul on Andrew Johnson and lost the play-off at Preston, when they had an offside goal.â€ť