Birmingham City hero returns after key assignment

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Darren Carter returned to Birmingham City after Scott Booth was sacked and the Blues appointed him interim head coach of the women’s team.

Carter will take charge of training this week and will watch WSL’s match against Manchester City.

Tony Elliott, goalkeeping coach Daniel Matraszek and coach Marcus Bignot will assist the 37-year-old player.

The Blues made the announcement after the women’s team was beaten 5-0 by Chelsea on Sunday.

Carter said blues website: “The journey I’m currently in with my coaching career and it’s a great opportunity for me and I want to make an impact and bring some positivity to the place.

“It is vitally important to instill a little bit of faith, confidence and joy, and to create an environment that will excel and flourish every day as individuals and as a collective. From these foundations, we can look to build momentum.

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“It was incredible at West Brom. The opportunity they gave me to help Jenny Sugarman and Liam Wall gave me everything I needed from a coaching perspective.

“I am very grateful for the opportunity that has given me vital experience to progress in the women’s match.

“A challenge I can’t refuse in all honesty. It’s a great opportunity to prove our skeptics wrong and build on everything I’ve mentioned.

“I like to play the game on the forefoot. Of course you have to adapt, but my principles are that my players are brave against the ball and play purposefully.

“We have to accept every match as it is, but I want my team and my players to ask the opposition questions and try to dictate the game.”

Carter is seen as a Blues hero after scoring the penalty that sent the Blues to the Premier League for the first time in 2002.

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