Arsenal Women boss Joe Montemurro will leave the club at the end of the season after three and a half years in North London, where the Australian would like to spend more time with his family.
- Arsenal Women boss Jose Montemurro will step down this summer
- The Australian coach admitted that it was the ‘hardest decision’ of his career so far
- Montemurro, who won the title in 2019, wants to spend more time with his family
- The Gunners praised his ‘enormous impact’ in developing the club into a new era
Arsenal Women boss Joe Montemurro will step down at the end of the season, the club has announced.
The 51-year-old Australian has been in service since November 2017, guiding the Gunners to the 2018/19 Women’s Super League title. His tenure also included winning the Continental League Cup in 2018.
Arsenal said in a statement on their official website that Montemurro, whose squad is currently fourth in the WSL table, ‘has decided to take a professional break to recharge and spend more time spending time with his family’.
Joe Montemurro will step down from his role as Arsenal Women boss at the end of the season
Speaking of his emotional departure, Montemurro praised his spell at The Gunners as a ‘fantastic adventure’ and the best time of his career, admitting it was the ‘hardest decision’ of his life to step down.
“My three and a half years with Arsenal has been a fantastic adventure, the highlight of my coaching career,” he said on the club’s website.
‘I’ve had the opportunity to collaborate with and learn from some of the best in the industry, both on and off the field.
‘This has been the hardest professional decision of my life because I absolutely love this job and this club, the club that I have supported all my life. I am extremely grateful to the club for their continued support during my time here and for understanding and respecting my decision.
The Australian, who won the WSL title in 2019, wants to spend more time with his family
Montemurro, who previously led Melboune Victory Women and Melbourne City Women, had a short player career in Australia and Italy before taking his first coaching role in 2006.
He promised to give his all until the end of the campaign and said he will always be a supporter of the club after his departure.
‘I had a fantastic time here at Arsenal and I am proud of what we have achieved. I have to thank all fans, players, staff and the club. This club has always been a leader in women’s football and I will encourage us to the next level as I watch as a passionate and enduring fan.
“My focus now is on helping the team end the season strong and finish as high as possible in the WSL, keeping the club in good shape for the future.”
Vinai Venkatesham praised Montemurro for taking the team to the next level in the women’s game
Gunners chief Vinai Venkatesham admitted it was hard to lose Montemurro, but said the club respected his decision and praised him for helping take the club to the next level in the women’s game.
We are all disappointed that Joe has decided to leave at the end of the season, but we fully understand his reasons.
Joe has made a huge impact during his time with us and we look forward to building on his legacy and driving the club to greater success in the future.
“The women’s game is entering an exciting new era and thanks to Joe’s excellent work, Arsenal is well placed to be as much a force in the future as they were in the past.”