Birmingham City manager Carla Ward ahead of her side's Barclays FA Women's Super League fixture at Brighton & Hove Albion - Image provided by FA Captureweb

Former Birmingham City boss Ward named Aston Villa manager

Aston Villa have named former Birmingham City head coach Carla Ward as their new manager according to reports on the club’s official website.

The 37-year-old resigned from her role at Birmingham City on Friday and she has quickly found a new job with the Blues’ Second City rivals Villa.

Ward joins Villa after steering Birmingham City to Barclays FA Women’s Super League safety in difficult circumstances. The Blues avoided the drop on the final day of the season despite losing 1-0 to Tottenham Hotspur at the Stadium. Ward achieved survival with one of the most injury-hit squads in the Barclays FA Women’s Super League. She was rarely able to name a squad including a full quota of substitutes throughout the whole season.

Ward fills the void at Villa left by the recent departures of interim manager Marcus Bignot and head coach Gemma Davies. Villa started last season with promotion-winning boss Davies in charge but they brought Bignot in to support her in January with the club in relegation trouble. Like Ward at Birmingham City, the pair were able to steer Villa to safety on the last day of the season.

Villa have confirmed that Ward will begin work with the club next month. It will be her third managerial role after also spending time in charge of second tier club Sheffield United.

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