Birmingham Women have sacked head coach Scott Booth after an eighth defeat in nine matches this season.

The Blues, whose squad contains Republic of Ireland internationals Marie Hourihane, Louise Quinn, Lucy Quinn and Harriet Scott, lost 4-0 to West Ham in the FA Women's Continental Tyres League Cup on Wednesday that signalled the end of Booth's five-month reign.

"This decision was not an easy one but has been made in the best interests of the football club," said general manager Sarah Westwood.

"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.

"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 take charge for Sunday's FA Women's Super League meeting with second-placed Chelsea.