Carla Ward named Aston Villa Women manager following Birmingham City resignation

Carla Ward recently stepped down from her role as Birmingham City manager after impressively securing Women's Super League status despite off-field issues; the 37-year-old will be officially unveiled as Aston Villa boss in June

Last Updated: 21/05/21 8:25pm

New Aston Villa manager Carla Ward talks to the Women's Football Show about her time at Birmingham City and the future of the women's game

New Aston Villa manager Carla Ward talks to the Women's Football Show about her time at Birmingham City and the future of the women's game
New Aston Villa manager Carla Ward talks to the Women's Football Show about her time at Birmingham City and the future of the women's game

Carla Ward has been named the new manager of Aston Villa Women following her resignation from Birmingham City.

Ward recently stepped down from her role as Birmingham boss after impressively securing Women's Super League status despite off-field issues, which included point deductions and a letter from the players to the board complaining of unfair treatment.

The 37-year-old, who was nominated for the WSL Manager of the Year award, will take up the position at Villa in June.

Villa sacked previous head coach Gemma Davies earlier this month, with assistant manager Jenny Sugarman and interim manager Marcus Bignot also leaving their roles.

Villa's sporting director Eniola Aluko also left to take up the same role with the Los Angeles-based Angel City.

Ward impressively avoided Women's Super League relegation with Birmingham

Ward's new club secured survival on the final game of the season with a draw against Arsenal - the only point any of the bottom five WSL clubs collected against a top-four team that campaign.

Ward describes her time at Birmingham as "enjoyable chaos" and suggests some clubs need to have a proper understanding of the women's game.

"It's been fascinating, it really has," she said during the episode. "It's been an unbelievable year, but ultimately it was time to move on.

"There were a number of issues but it was very much trying to deal with it, day by day, week by week, and I believe we dealt with it in the best possible way.

"It was chaos at times, but it was enjoyable chaos and to finish in the way we did and ensuring we got the job done was the most important."

Birmingham's Ward resigns: 'Do clubs understand women's football?'

After a year of off-field issues, Ward recently questioned whether football clubs are set up to keep up with the growth of women's football.

"It's been a really tough year for every football club, they've lost tens of millions of pounds and I understand that," she said last week. "It's a business and it's tough.

"Women's football is moving at a rapid pace. Everybody wants a women's team but I think it's really working out where women's football fits in their organisation.

"Do all football clubs understand the size of women's football, the importance of women's football?

"I think they're questions that every single football club should be looking at each year when they think about how their women's team is set out."