GATESHEAD Football Club has issued the following statement following its demotion to the National League North.

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After such an impressive National League campaign on the field during the 2018/19 season, we are obviously hugely disappointed to have to accept relegation from the National League.

However, we understand that the integrity of the competition is paramount and therefore fully accept demotion to the National League North for the 2019/20 season and acknowledge the actions of the League and Football Association, who have remained supportive and sympathetic to our cause throughout.

Following this decision, our plans as a football club will remain unchanged and we will head into the new National League North season as a full-time professional outfit.

As we head into this new era, we do so enthusiastically and with a willingness to succeed, and expect to make a number of exciting announcements in the coming days.

All we ask now is for everyone to keep up the hard work and continue to get behind the club so that we can collectively make next season one to remember.