Arsenal Women boss Joe Montemurro will leave the club at the end of the season after three-and-a-half years in north London with the Australian keen to spend more time with his family
- Arsenal Women boss Jose Montemurro will step down from the role this summer
- The Australian coach admitted 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 hailed his ‘huge impact’ in developing the club during a new era
Arsenal Women boss Joe Montemurro will step down from his role at the end of the season, the club have announced.
The 51-year-old Australian has been in the job since November 2017 and guided the Gunners to the 2018-19 Women’s Super League title. His tenure has also included winning the Continental League Cup in 2018.
Arsenal said in a statement on their official website that Montemurro, whose side are currently fourth in the WSL table, has ‘decided to take a professional break to recharge and dedicate more time to spending with his family’.
Joe Montemurro will step down from his role as Arsenal Women boss at the end of the season
Speaking about his emotional departure, Montemurro hailed his spell with 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 at Arsenal have been a fantastic adventure, the highlight of my coaching career,’ he told the club’s website.
‘I have had the opportunity to work with and learn from some of the best in the industry on and off the pitch.
‘This has been the hardest professional decision of my life, as I absolutely love this job and this club, the club I have supported all my life. I’m hugely grateful to the club for their unrelenting support during my time here and in understanding and respecting my decision.
The Australian, who won the WSL title in 2019, wants to dedicate more time to his family
Montemurro, who has previously managed Melboune Victory Women and Melbourne City Women, had a brief playing career in Australia and Italy before taking his first coaching role in 2006.
He promised he would be giving his all until the end of the campaign and said he will always be a supporter of the club after his departure.
‘I’ve had a fantastic time here at Arsenal and I am proud of what we have achieved. I must thank all the fans, players, staff and the club. This club has always been a leader in women’s football and I will be cheering us on to the next level as I watch as a passionate and enduring fan.
‘My focus now is helping the team to complete the season strongly and finishing as high as possible in the WSL, leaving the club in good shape for the future.’
Vinai Venkatesham hailed Montemurro for taking the team to the next level in women’s game
Gunners chief Vinai Venkatesham admitted it was a wrench to lose Montemurro but said the club respected his decision and praised him for helping to 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 taking the club to more success in the future.
‘The women’s game is entering an exciting new era and thanks to Joe’s outstanding work, Arsenal is well placed to be as much a force in the future as it has been in the past.’
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