Newcastle United have brought their women’s team under full ownership alongside their men’s team following a restructuring process.
The decision to place both men and women’s teams under the same ownership has been led by the Saudi-Arabian consortium who took over the club in October 2021, with the women’s team having operated independently from the men’s team until now.
Newcastle United Foundation however has provided support to the women’s team in recent seasons with the Magpies competing in FA Women’s National League Division One, where they finished second last season.
Newcastle also set a new record attendance for a women’s league game in the UK in May, as 22,134 spectators attended their 4-0 home win over Alnwick Town in their first match played at St James’ Park.
Following completion of the club restructuring which has resulted in both men and women’s teams being placed under same ownership for the first time, the club has pledged ‘ambitious plans’ for the women’s team with increased ‘investment’ within the squad
The club also confirmed that Becky Langley will become the women’s first-team manager on a full-time basis
In a statement confirming completion of their decision to take ownership of the women’s team, Newcastle’s shareholders said: “From the outset, we have stated and demonstrated our wholehearted commitment to the growth of Newcastle United Women.
“The recent success of the Lionesses has added tremendous momentum behind women’s participation in football everywhere, and we want to create a pathway for all women and girls to be able to enjoy playing the game.
“We are delighted that Newcastle United Women is now formally a part of the Newcastle United family and we look forward to supporting the team as it goes from strength to strength.”
Langley added on behalf of the Lady Magpies that they are incredibly “proud” to finally become officially part of Newcastle United, as she vowed that this decision will provide players with “… even more determination to make the club proud and to represent our fans and our city the best we can.”
Over recent decades, North-East England have produced breakout talent like Lucy Bronze, Jill Scott and Beth Mead, so Langley has welcomed the club’s decision to install “… an emerging talent system that will create a legacy in the North East,” whilst providing a pathway for young female footballers to play the sport and develop within the club.”