Dundee United today launched their own women’s team and they’re aiming for the top.
Although they’ll have to enter the Scottish game at the bottom tier, probably next March, Tangerines director Justine Mitchell has made clear the long-term aim is for similar success to the men’s team.
“We don’t want to be playing about at this. We are going to have to start in the bottom division but we want to get right up there,” she said as the new team was launched at the GA Engineering Arena.
“If you look at what (regular Champions League entrants) Glasgow City have done, it has been amazing and that’s something to aim for.”
First step for the new United will be the appointment of a head coach and involved in that process will be men’s team boss Jackie McNamara.
“We are launching this today and it marks the start of our search for a manager/head coach.
“We are looking for someone of really high calibre, an ambitious coach who can really grab this and take it forward.
“Applicants have until the end of April to submit their CV. Then we’ll do interviews and Jackie is going to be involved in that. He’s offered to do it which is just fantastic.”
The coach should be in place by the end of May, at which point United will advertise player trials and at some point over the summer the team will come together.
The SFA will help arrange friendlies, paving the way for a first competitive game at the GA Arena early next year.
“It just seems the natural progression, when you have so many players involved, for Dundee United to have a women’s team,” added Justine.