Club Statement: Scott Booth

Birmingham City can confirm that Scott Booth has been relieved of his duties as Women’s Head Coach.

This follows last night’s defeat to West Ham United in the FA Women’s Continental Tyres League Cup but is a decision that has not been taken lightly by the Football Club.

Booth arrived in the Second City armed with one of the game’s strongest CVs and spent the close season overseeing a wide-ranging recruitment process, with highly prized players being brought to St. Andrew’s alongside the implementation of his renowned coaching practices in preparation for the Barclays FA Women’s Super League Campaign.

However, in light of recent results, the Club has concluded that now is the appropriate time for a change of personnel to ensure the team keeps moving forward in a manner aligned with Blues’ ambitions.

The Club wishes to place on record its thanks to Scott and wishes him every success in his future endeavours.

General Manager, Sarah Westwood said: “This decision was not an easy one but has been made in the best interests of the Football Club.

“I know how determined Scott was to succeed but, unfortunately, results have fallen short of our expectations.

“With 15 games remaining, we feel now is the right time to make a change to give ourselves the best possible chance of climbing the table.

“Scott joined the Club at a difficult time and was tasked with building a squad capable of competing in the BFAWSL. We are grateful to Scott for assembling a group of players who we believe are good enough to start picking up points.

“The challenge now is to ensure that we identify the right person to lead Birmingham City Women and get the best out of our players.”

Assistant Head Coach, Tony Elliott, will assume the duties of leading the team in Sunday’s meeting with Chelsea as the Club undertakes the exercise of appointing Booth’s successor.

The process will be conducted by senior staff, including Technical Director, Craig Gardner.

No further comment will be made at this time.