Birmingham manager Steve Bruce says he knows the high levels of expectation held by former team-mate Roy Keane for his Sunderland side, as the pair prepare for their Premier League clash on Wednesday evening.
Automatic promotion was achieved by both managers last season, and whilst his own side are tipped for a relegation scrap, Bruce is unsurprised that similar misfortunes are not predicted for Sunderland.
The duo played together with Manchester United in a highly successful spell in the club's history, and Bruce says Keane will be expecting the desire and commitment he showed as a player, from his own side.
Bruce told the Daily Mirror: "I am really pleased for Roy and know that he will do well this season.
"I don't think I have seen anyone tipping them for the drop and that is down to Roy's mentality and people's high opinions of what he can achieve.
"I know what we can expect from Roy because of how he played and he won't accept any less commitment from anyone that plays for him.
"We all know about him as a player and he has brought those characteristics into management."
Bruce's side were defeated 3-2 by Chelsea on the opening weekend of the season, and two of their conceded goals saw goalkeeper Colin Doyle at fault.
However, Bruce says he will hand his shot-stopper another chance to show the form which he believes was crucial in firing Birmingham into the top-flight.
"Doyle was superb last season and he will get another chance as he is one of the main reasons we were playing Chelsea on Sunday," he concluded.