STEFAN Rupp’s public pledge of support was “music to the ears” of City boss Graham Alexander.

He welcomed the clarity from the owner’s open letter after meeting him recently for the first time.

Rupp broke his silence after mounting pressure against his hands-off leadership during another underwhelming season at Valley Parade.

A demonstration organised by the independent fans group was staged outside the ground before Friday’s win over Tranmere.

Rupp’s message to supporters identified several areas of concern that need to be improved.

Alexander was pleased to see the German come out with a plan of action – and is now waiting, like everyone else connected with the club, for the tough talk to be followed up properly.

“I had a good conversation with Stefan a couple of weeks ago,” he said.

“Since then, the results have been horrendous. But I think it gave me a lift, so I’m hoping it has the same impact with staff, players and supporters.

“It’s about actions. We have to act upon that and I’m sure he will.

“The letter was about accountability and I think that’s important.

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“We’re all in this together, we all want the same thing and we all have to be accountable for what has been the case in the past but also the responsibility to make sure it’s better in the future.

“It was music to my ears because I think he does care about the team, about the club and success.

“Certainly with Ryan (Sparks) as well, as I said we had a conversation after the Harrogate game and it was all about how we can make this team perform at the levels we want it to do.

“But we need Stefan’s support to do that and it’s great that he’s pledged it.”