The Birmingham City manager, Carla Ward, has admitted the recent concerns raised by her side in a letter to the club’s board could impact on player recruitment if the club maintains its top-flight status next season. The letter, which was signed by Ward’s entire first-team squad and first revealed by Telegraph Sport earlier this month, listed numerous grievances which the players say “prevent us from performing our jobs to the best of our ability”. Access to changing facilities, inadequate medical provision, a lack of hotels for away games and allegations that some of the key coaching staff are not full-time employees were among the players’ wide-ranging concerns. Speaking for the first time since the letter was made public, Ward, who has been acting as a liaison between the players and the board, said “some” of the complaints had already been addressed. But she conceded other issues could not be resolved “overnight” and remained realistic about the potential repercussions it could have on attracting new players to the club if it maintains its Women’s Super League status next season. “Naturally, there’s always that worry,” said Ward, whose side are ninth in the WSL, three points and three places clear of the relegation zone with four games remaining. “It’s got to be a worry, it’s something that we’ve discussed as a football club and that’s why for me, more than ever we’ve got to try and get these conversations started.
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When she realised there was no guidance for footballers fasting during Ramadan, 15-year-old Birmingham City academy player Layla Banaras decided to do something about it. Working with a nutritionist at the club, Banaras has drawn up a nutritional planner for footballers during Ramadan. "When I first started a few years ago, we asked the club and they didn't have any guidance.
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