Birmingham City chairman David Gold has moved to assure manager Steve Bruce that he has a future with the Blues, even when the proposed takeover at St Andrew's is completed.
Bruce had painted a gloomy picture of his prospects after the 2-1 defeat at Blackburn Rovers, saying: "I have to say it doesn't look very good at the moment.
"I found out off Mr Sullivan on Friday night that the vibes coming back from the Chinese consortium were negative. I know where I stand, that's for sure.
"I've 20 months on my contract to run, so I'll just get on with it and see when the new people do eventually take over exactly what plans they've got.
"But I don't think at the moment there's any talk of a further contract. There's effectively a block. There we go, I'll accept that."
However, Blues supremo Gold told the Express & Star: "I hope for this to be resolved to Steve's satisfaction. I am optimistic this will happen.
"The last time I met Carson Yeung, he made it clear to me that he wanted Steve, Karren Brady, David Sullivan and myself to stay."