Birmingham City managing director Karren Brady insists Alex McLeish's job is safe.
The Scottish boss made a quip about his state of mind after the match - and Brady responded by joking about her recent arrest as part of an investigation into football corruption.
"One thing I'll make clear now - there is no way we are going to sack Alex McLeish," said Brady.
"McLeish has style. No whinging or falsehoods in the wake of defeat - and the one at Villa was a humdinger.
"I text my commiserations and he came back with: 'My wife has taken away my belt and shoelaces!'
"'Mine', I replied, 'were taken away on April 10 and have still not been returned!'"