Birmingham City

Birmingham City

19th Championship | 11-18-12
  • Goals For
    22nd
    31 GF
  • Assists
    19th
    21 A
  • Shots
    14th
    313 Shots
  • Saves
    10th
    103 SAV
  • Birmingham City manager Carla Ward worried open letter could impact player recruitment
    The Telegraph

    Birmingham City manager Carla Ward worried open letter could impact player recruitment

    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.

  • Jude Bellingham: Man City boss Pep Guardiola ‘cannot believe’ level of 17-year-old Dortmund star
    The Independent

    Jude Bellingham: Man City boss Pep Guardiola ‘cannot believe’ level of 17-year-old Dortmund star

    Bellingham had given his side the lead before Man City turned the tie around in the second half to reach the semi-finals

  • Birmingham City's Layla Banaras: The girl with the Ramadan plan
    Sky Sports

    Birmingham City's Layla Banaras: The girl with the Ramadan plan

    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.