BIRMINGHAM, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 12: Darren Carter interim manager of Birmingham City Women during the Barclays FA Women's Super League match between Birmingham City Women and Manchester City Women at St Andrew's Trillion Trophy Stadium on December 12, 2021 in Birmingham, England. (Photo by Nathan Stirk/Getty Images) NOTE: FAWSL Full-Time uses images provided by the following image agencies via OneFootball: Getty Images (https://www.gettyimages.de/)

‘Titles don’t concern me’ – Birmingham City boss Carter happy to continue in ‘interim’ role

Birmingham City boss Darren Carter says that he has no problem with continuing to work under the title of interim head coach.

The 38-year-old was appointed into the role in late November following the sacking of former boss Scott Booth.

Under Carter, Birmingham City have found their identity and are now showing their potential at both ends of the pitch. On Sunday, the Blues pulled off one of the biggest Barclays FA Women’s Super League shocks of all time when they defeated league leaders Arsenal 2-0 at the St Andrew’s Trillion Trophy Stadium.

The victory was the Blues’ first in the league in more than 13 months and fans have since been vocal in their support of Carter being appointed into his role on a permanent basis. Despite the support that he is receiving from the stands, the Birmingham City club legend says that he is more than happy to continue to operate under an interim role.

“I’ll be totally honest, titles don’t concern me whatsoever,” Carter told FAWSL Full-Time. “When I spoke to Craig Gardner about coming in and taking the role, that was until the end of the season and we will assess it and look at it then.

“I’m in to do a job for the rest of the season and hopefully, we will see then if it is beyond that.

“I’m not one for titles, interim or head coach, I’m here to do a job and that is all that I am concerned about, at least hopefully until the end of the season as long as I am doing a good job.”

After Birmingham City’s shock victory over Arsenal, Carter believes that his side have made a real statement and they will no longer be looked upon as relegation certainties.

“If I was on the outside right now looking in, I’d be raising my eyebrows a little bit and seeing that we mean business. We are not just going to be a pushover now or be pushed aside, we are going to make teams earn anything they get against us.

“We want to make sure that we are good at both ends of the pitch and to get that clean sheet (against Arsenal) was huge for us. If other teams are going to take us seriously now, the players have earnt that, that is what we are in this league for to compete and we are certainly going to do that now in every single game.”

Birmingham City will look to continue their bid to complete ‘The Great Escape’ when they travel to the Leigh Sports Village to face Manchester United on Saturday.

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