Chris Hughton has insisted Birmingham City’s financial problems have been something to deal with, not complain about.
The backdrop to Blues’ bid for promotion, and their uplifting Europa League campaign, has been monetary concerns.
After relegation, and due to parent company Birmingham International Holdings Limited’s woes, the cloth had to be cut accordingly.
And that meant a massive squad overhaul and readjustments to ensure that Blues continued as a going concern – as it has.
The picture in that respect is only expected to become a little clearer when BIHL post their overdue accounts, just after the regular Championship season ends.
But for Hughton, it has been a case of simply getting on with the task in hand.
“Off-the-field challenges have only been regarding players,” he said.
“Everybody knows we lost an incredible amount of players in the summer.
“And we lost a couple of players in the January window.
“That’s been, for me, the only thing to work around.
“I’ve had great support from the owner and, of course, Peter Pannu, who I liaise with fairly regularly.
“I’ve had great support from the club and staff here.
“We have been able to get on with things and run things the way in which we feel they should be run.
“That’s testament to the club.
“So the issues haven’t really been at board level, it’s been players.
“And I’ve continually said that we have to speak more about the players who came in rather than the ones that went out. The ones that came in, or the ones who have been here and had the opportunities, couldn’t have done any more than they have done.”