Lee Clark: Birmingham City fan-player unity can drive club forward

Birmingham boss Lee Clark says the bond between players and fans will be key during a difficult period for the club.

Financial uncertainty has engulfed St Andrew's since Blues' Hong Kong-based owner Carson Yeung was charged with money laundering in 2011.

Clark's 18-month transfer blues

Former Huddersfield boss Lee Clark replaced Chris Hughton at St Andrew's in June 2012.

Since then, Blues have only paid fees for Darren Ambrose and Paul Caddis despite the sales of Ben Foster, Jack Butland, Curtis Davies and Nathan Redmond raising well in excess of £10m.

In the Championship they sit 20th, just two points above the relegation zone.

"The combination between our fans and players has to be the driving force to us being successful because we're in a difficult situation," he told BBC WM.

Last week, acting chairman Peter Pannu dismissed takeover speculation and defended Clark's performance as manager in "very difficult circumstances".

Clark believes Blues deserve more

Birmingham were beaten in the League Cup fourth round by Stoke on Tuesday, losing on penalties having come back from behind three times to secure a 4-4 draw despite playing 75 minutes with 10 men.

It was the third time Blues have scored four goals in a game this term, but in their other 14 games they have scored just 15.

"With everything that is going on off the field at the club currently, the passion, commitment and desire of the players is being noticed by our supporters," Clark continued.

"To lose to Stoke on penalties was another example of not getting what we deserve this season. We need to keep chipping away because I know it will turn - let's just hope it's sooner rather than later."