Peter Pannu backs manager Alex McLeish

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Birmingham City vice-chairman Peter Pannu has called on his club's fans to show patience following a disappointing start to the new Premier League season.

The Blues have won just once in their opening seven league games, but Pannu is confident that Alex McLeish's side will pick up in the near future.

He told the Birmingham Mail:"I understand that, seven games into this season, there are some fans exhibiting some impatience, which I fully understand.

"Nevertheless, the way I see this is when they voice their opinions, it is a sign they care. I will be worried if they are deaf, mute and aloof to any club stimulus – good or bad.

"Having said that, I would call for them to demonstrate a bit more patience. The team needs some time to gel.

"By and large the fans are behind the manager, who did a good job last season and I'm sure that form will continue this season too.

"I speak to Alex McLeish regularly and, rest assured, he is listening to the fans who are legitimately raising their concerns.

"Their constructive views are not ignored, they are taken on board."

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