Cotterill welcomes supportive owners visit

Birmingham City

Birmingham boss Steve Cotterill says he enjoyed some 'very positive' talks with the club's chairman during this week's visit.

Chairman Zhao Wenqing made the trip over from Hong Kong to speak to Cotterill on Monday and as a result the rumour mill went in to overdrive regarding the possibility of him sacking the 53-year-old.

Blues have lost their last four matches in the Championship, leaving them inside the relegation, two points from safety heading in to the final part of the Championship campaign.

However, rather than feel threatened by Wenqing’s visit, Cotterill claimed he has been reassured his position is safe and enjoyed being able to put across his argument as to why recent results have not been up to scratch, blaming a lack of investment in January.

‘Being the distance he is away from the football club, and the time zones, he now has more of an idea of what’s gone on,’ Cotterill told BBC WM .

‘He now has a clearer picture of an important two months and, more importantly, what went on in January, because February is a result of what didn’t perhaps happen in January.

‘He’s incredibly supportive. He also came in the following day and spoke to the players collectively and a few individually.

‘Under normal circumstances, as manager, you’re not sure you’d want that but I was quite happy as I had a pretty good idea what would come out of the players’ mouths.’