Birmingham City Women appoint Darren Carter as interim head coach

Birmingham City Women have named Darren Carter as interim head coach.

The appointment comes after Birmingham suffered a 5-0 thrashing against reigning Women’s Super League champions Chelsea on Sunday.

Scott Booth was sacked on Thursday after just five months in charge.

Carter, 37, a former Birmingham player, was most recently head coach of third-tier side West Bromwich Albion Women, having joined in September.

Carter will take training this week and will be joined by existing assistant head coach Tony Elliott, goalkeeping coach Daniel Matraszek and will also be supported by former Aston Villa Women’s manager Marcus Bignot.

Upon his announcement, Carter said: “It is a great opportunity for me and the journey I am currently on, with my coaching career, and I want to make an impact and bring some positivity to the place.

“It is vitally important to instil some belief, confidence and enjoyment; creating an environment to excel and improve every day as individuals and as a collective. From those foundations, we can look to build some momentum.

“It is a challenge that I could not turn down in all honesty. It is a fantastic chance to prove our doubters wrong and build all the things I have talked about.”

Technical director, Craig Gardner, added: “In light of events this week, it was critical that the football club acted decisively and in the best interests of Blues Women during what is a crucial period of the season.

“Whilst many of us know Darren on an individual level and recognise his affinity to Birmingham City, what shines through above all else is his coaching pedigree and temperament.

“He has always been a student of the game but, for a young coach, his quality is superb and was identified as having the ability to work within the existing football framework, the Birmingham City identity and get the best out of each and every player.”

Carter spent a year as women’s head coach at Solihull Moors where he was also a youth development coach and managed the academy team.

Birmingham have only won one point from their first eight games and sit one from bottom in the WSL, with only Leicester City behind them.

Carter’s first match in charge will be at home against Manchester City on Sunday, December 12.

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