The club have announced Darren Carter has been appointed as Interim Head Coach of Blues Women.
Carts will take training for the first time at Wast Hills Training Ground this week, being joined by existing staff members Tony Elliott (Assistant Head Coach) and Daniel Matraszek (Goalkeeping Coach) and supported by Marcus Bignot.
The 37-year-old is no stranger to Women’s football after operating in the same role for West Brom from September of this year. This was after a successful 12-month period as Solihull Moors Women coach, the same club he spent the final 4 years of his playing career.
Twitter: We are delighted to welcome @coach_carts to Blues Women as our Interim Head Coach. (@BCFCwomen)
Here’s what the former Blues man had to say about his appointment:
“It is a great opportunity for me and the journey I am currently on, with my coaching career, and I want to make an impact and bring some positivity to the place. It is vitally important to instil some belief, confidence and enjoyment; creating an environment to excel and improve every day as individuals and as a collective. From those foundations, we can look to build some momentum.
“It has been amazing at West Brom. The opportunity that they offered me to help out with Jenny Sugarman and Liam Wall gave me everything I needed from a coaching perspective. I am hugely thankful for the opportunity which has given me some vital experience in the Women’s game for moving forward.
“It is a challenge that I could not turn down in all honesty. It is a fantastic chance to prove our doubters wrong and build all the things I have talked about.
“I like to play the game on the front foot. Of course, you have to be adaptable, but my principles are for my players to be brave on the ball and play with a purpose. We have to take each game as it comes, but I want my team and players to ask questions of the opposition and try to dictate play.”
This news follows the departure of Head Coach Scott Booth and it seems the club have wasted no time in getting a new man in for the job through the doors.
Technical Director Craig Gardner was brought into boardroom meetings this week to try and identify suitable candidates for the role. Here’s what Gards had to say following today’s announcement:
“In light of events this week, it was critical that the Football Club acted decisively and in the best interests of Blues Women during what is a crucial period of the season.
“Whilst many of us know Darren on an individual level and recognise his affinity to Birmingham City, what shines through above all else is his coaching pedigree and temperament.
“He has always been a student of the game but, for a young coach, his quality is superb and was identified as having the ability to work within the existing football framework, the Birmingham City identity and get the best out of each and every player.”
Carter is no doubt one of Blues’ highest regarded legends after sealing Blues’ promotion to the Premier League back in 2002 after slotting in a cool penalty. He has also done work in and around the club recently such as co-commentating and visiting the club for interviews.
Carter’s first game in the dugout comes at home against Manchester City in the Barclays FA Women’s Super League on Sunday 12 December.
Quotes from BCFC.com