Sunderland chairman Niall Quinn has revealed that the club's owner, Ellis Short, never thought about sacking Steve Bruce despite the team's recent winless run.
The Black Cats thrashed Bolton Wanderers 4-0 at the Stadium of Light on Tuesday to finally end a 14-match winless streak and ease concerns that they were being dragged into a relegation dog-fight.
However, Quinn says American billionaire Short is happy to keep Bruce at the Stadium of Light helm, saying:"Ellis is a big admirer of Steve and that has continued despite the disappointing run we've had.
"He knows that things rarely go smoothly in football and that there were a lot of factors such as injuries and suspensions and sometimes just the drop of the ball that hampered us during that time.
"But he has faith in me and my chief executive Steve Walton and he has faith in the manager we thought was the perfect person to take the club forward. So despite the results, the owner never once questioned whether we had the right manager.
"Ellis has been hugely impressed by Steve and in particular the way he's gone about recruiting players. Ellis sees that as such a vital part of the business and he likes the way that Steve has taken every care to make sure he makes as few mistakes as possible in that direction.
"I can assure you now that even if we don't win another game between now and the end of the season, Steve Bruce will be manager here next year. If we go down, he'll still be manager.
"I just feel he shares the same passion that the fans have, the owner has, we all have, and he does it in a diligent way. The way he carries himself and projects our club is everything we wanted. We're trying to make a step up in the toughest league in the world."