General view before the start of the match Birmingham City Women v Tottenham Hotspur Women, WSL football match, Sportnation.Bet Stadium, Solihull, UK - 04 Dec 2019 Photo: Paul Currie for The FA

Birmingham City bring in new assistant head coach

Birmingham City have appointed former Rochdale and Swindon Town defender Alan Reeves as an assistant coach according to reports on the Blues’ official website.

The 52-year-old brings a wealth of playing experience with him to the Stadium after making over 400 appearances in a senior career which spanned almost two decades.

Reeves will assist Birmingham City boss Carla Ward with former first team head coach Charles Baxter having recently left his position at the club. The Blues’ new assistant head coach has most recently been working within the AFC Wimbledon academy system and with the Sky Bet League One club’s Development Squad as a manager. Reeves has also been assistant manager at now-Sky Bet Championship club Brentford while he once applied for a managerial vacancy at Crawley Town.

The Birkenhead-born coach joins a Birmingham City side who qualified for the semi-finals of the Vitality Women’s FA Cup yesterday by defeating Brighton & Hove Albion 4-3 on penalty kicks in their quarter-final tie at The People’s Pension Stadium. The victory was new boss Ward’s first since recently taking over at the Stadium.

Birmingham City lost their opening Barclays FA Women’s Super League fixture 2-0 at Brighton & Hove Albion but since that defeat, the Blues have continually shown improvement, netting twice in a 5-2 defeat to Manchester United before gaining revenge on Hope Powell’s Albion side yesterday.

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