David Parker: Birmingham City Ladies boss writes off Champions League chances

David Parker
David Parker has been in charge of Birmingham City Ladies since 2011

Birmingham City Ladies have blown their chance of Champions League football next season, says boss David Parker.

Fourth-placed Blues are five points behind Chelsea in the second automatic qualification spot in WSL 1 and have played a game more going into Saturday's trip to Doncaster.

"We've got a monumental mountain to climb for the Champions League now," Parker, 32, told BBC WM.

"You've got to hope for too many things to go our way now."

Parker described their 1-1 draw with next-to-bottom Reading as a "massive, massive disappointment" as Blues failed to keep pace with leaders Manchester City, Chelsea and third-placed Arsenal - who all have matches in hand.

Blues still have to play City and Chelsea in their remaining five league games but Parker has all but written off their prospects of making a third appearance in Europe's elite competition, after reaching the last 32 in 2013-14 and semi-finals the following season.

"There's three teams in the mix - four with us - it's too much of a long shot now with the points target and the way Arsenal and Chelsea are kicking on," said Parker, who is now concentrating on success in the Continental Cup, with Blues facing a quarter-final tie against Liverpool on 7 August.

"I want to bring silverware to this club and bring those good times back."

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