Redditch United Ladies are delighted to announce the appointment of Tom Blaymires as First-Team Manager.
Blaymires joins from Leafield Athletic Ladies Football Club after guiding his side to an unbeaten league campaign, only to miss out on promotion to the FA Women’s Premier League by one point, and winning the Senior Cup title for the first time in the club’s history.
His pedigree and budding reputation in the women’s game is what attracted Redditch United Ladies’ Director of Football, Craig Nicholls, when searching for a new manager:
“Tom impressed me with his desire to build a team, not just for the present, but for the future. He comes with great experience at this level, and everyone I spoke to couldn’t speak highly enough of him. I feel the ladies’ team is in safe hands with Tom at the helm, and I look forward to supporting him in this role.
“His philosophy fits the model that I wanted for the club, and one of the main things I was delighted with was the fact he wanted to bring the junior and senior sections closer together.”
Blaymires has a track record of building and developing a team; during his first season in-charge of Leafield, he inherited a squad of just two senior players and an inexperienced group of girls, but his philosophy of attacking, attractive football and ability to get the best of the players returned a fourth-place finish.
His brand of football and winning mentality is one that he is confident will be injected in the squad ahead of their first-ever fixture in the West Midlands Regional Women’s Premier League.
“The first season was tough, but, slowly over time, the players gelled and started to understand my philosophy and how I wanted them to play. I was delighted for the players; what they accomplished and how they flew the banner for the women’s game was exemplary.
“The next season, we went agonisingly close to winning the title and completing the perfect season; nevertheless, I was proud of everyone. I hope my qualities as a coach will result in even greater success for Redditch United Ladies.
“I cannot wait to get started! Having spoken to Craig and spent time at the club, I know I am joining a club that shares the same values as I do: hard work, honesty, integrity, commitment and respect. All of us will wear the Redditch United badge with pride and will represent the club to the best of our ability.”
Updated 12:22 - 9 Jul 2018 by Tom Henman