Carla Ward head coach of Sheffield United Women Aston Villa Ladies v Sheffield United Women, Women's Championship football match, Trevor Brown Memorial Ground, Birmingham, UK - 18 Aug 2019 Photo: Lynne Cameron for The FA

Former Sheffield United boss Ward named new Birmingham City manager

Former Sheffield United boss Carla Ward has been named the new manager of Barclays FA Women’s Super League club Birmingham City as reported on the Blues’ official website.

Birmingham City have been without a permanent manager since former boss Marta Tejedor left the club by mutual consent in early March. First team coach Charles Baxter had taken interim charge and he will now assist new boss Ward with former goalkeeping coach Tony Elliott also returning to the club.

Ward has spent the last two years in charge of FA Women’s Championship club Sheffield United before recently opting to leave the club. She won 14 of her 21 matches in charge of The Blades in all competitions last season. The club recorded a second-place finish in the FA Women’s Championship with the final standings having been calculated on a points-per-game basis.

Sheffield United lost 3-0 to Birmingham City in the Women’s FA Cup fourth round last season. That game saw Ward’s former side put in a rare underwhelming performance as they crashed out of the competition at the first hurdle.

After being unveiled Birmingham City manager, Ward told the club’s official media sources “This is a massive opportunity, Blues is a massive club with a great history.

“I’m a people person with a holistic approach that is very much based around the player.

“I’m a big believer, particularly in my playing days, if we’ve got the players smiling and confident and buying into what you’ve got to do then you’ve got half a chance.

“Straight away it’s about getting the players together and kicking on.”

Ward is thought to have been given the go-ahead to bring in as many as eight new players before the start of the season as she frantically looks to bolster what is currently a wafer-thin squad at the Stadium.

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