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BBP: Birmingham Knights: 'Coach making wine out of water'

We continue our BIG BBL Preview with the Birmingham Knights owner Jo Aldridge, to conclude our trilogy of Birmingham Knights interviews.

The Knights will be the newest team to join the BBL and will be coached by former BBL player Paul Douglas.

Aldridge believes that the coach Douglas' experience within the BBL will be important for the Birmingham Knights in their debut season.

She said: "For me it was vital to have a local coach with BBL experience. Coach Douglas has been watching players for years, so knew some of the names he wanted when we appointed him."

"I think having local players is important as well as they will be proud to represent Birmingham and the people of Birmingham."

"Our main aim this season is for the fans to enjoy themselves and to win some games to keep the fan base interested."

While she is looking forward to seeing a vision she helped make reality develop over the course of the season, she is also realistic with her aims.

She continued: "We know it will be unrealistic to say we can win a trophy, we don't have the same budget as some more established teams and we are starting from scratch."

"We don't want to finish bottom, we want to develop and in the future we will hopefully be successful, we are in the second biggest city in the country, so we can build a large group of fans."

"From my point of view, it's important to have a sustainable business and break-even and hopefully use this season as a platform to develop the team."

You can buy season tickets for the Birmingham Knights via their website.

*You can read our interview with coach Paul Douglas here.

*Or read our interview with player Martyn Gayle here.

*Finally, you can see our full BIG BBL Preview HERE.

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