Former Sunderland and Hartlepool winger Thomas Butler has been named manager of Newcastle United’s Women’s team.
Club officials say the 34-year-old former Republic of Ireland International brings a wealth of professional experience to the role having worked closely with some of the Premier Leagues top managers including Brendan Rodgers, Roberto Martinez and Garry Monk.
Butler, who also played for Swansea City, beat off competition from a number of other candidates.
This is a massive opportunity for myself, to be even be considered was an honour and I am ecstatic to have been given the chance to manage Newcastle United Women’s Football Club,” said Butler.
“After finishing second from bottom in the FA Women’s Premier League Northern, we think with a few tweaks we’ll definitely improve in the coming seasons.
“We have an excellent setup at Newcastle United WFC, and the connections we have will hold us in good stead for the future.”
When asked what he sees for the future at NUWFC, Thomas Butler was keen to show that the club is a sleeping giant in the Women’s game.
“The sky is the limit,” said Butler, “I believe we can challenge for honours if the squad takes on board what we have to say.”
Club chairman Ken Beattie said: “I believe this is a fantastic appointment for the club, Thomas brings experience in knowledge to role having worked with a number of Britain’s brightest and best managers.
“After a difficult season it was important to get this decision correct to avoid repeating the mistakes of old.
“I have no doubt that the future of Newcastle United Women’s Football Club is bright in the hands of Thomas, and we as a club are looking forward to season ahead under his stewardship.”
Thomas also brings with him Assistant Manager Keith Graydon and Sports Therapist Steven Shaw, who will work alongside current first team coaches Michael Third and Stuart Herron.