Birmingham City head coach Carla Ward will step down from her role at the end of the season.
The 37-year-old has spent one season at the SportNation.bet Stadium and has kept the club in the Barclays FA Women’s Super League despite a number of on and off-field challenges.
Birmingham City secured their top flight status last weekend despite losing their final league fixture of the season 1-0 at home to Tottenham Hotspur while they will complete the 2021/2022 campaign with a Vitality Women’s FA Cup fifth round tie against Southampton in Solihull on Sunday.
The club have today issued an official press release confirming that head coach Ward has offered her resignation following Sunday’s tie and Birmingham City have accepted her request.
Commenting on her decision with Birmingham City’s official media team, Ward said “When I walked through the door last August, with the opportunity to manage in the BFAWSL for the first time, I couldn’t have predicted what the next year would look like. It’s been some journey and one I’m immensely proud of.
“I’ve been so fortunate to work with a group of players who have delivered every single day, taught me so much and are a credit to the Club and the BFAWSL.
“This year will live with me forever, from our first league win at Reading, to reaching the FA Cup semi-final and the late goals that secured our safety.
“All fantastic memories that have been made possible by this unbelievable group of players, and ultimately we achieved what many people said we couldn’t.
“I’ll be forever grateful for the opportunity and I leave this Football Club a better person and a better leader.
“Lastly, the fans. They may not have been able to enjoy the journey with us but we’ve heard them every step of the way. Even those who have been critical of us at times, I can’t thank you all enough.
“This Football Club is blessed with some unbelievable people and I wish them all the best for the future.”
Ward has won five of her 27 games in charge, however, the Blues have been very hard to beat at times this season and have battled out a number of draws.