Joe Montemurro to leave Arsenal Women

Arsenal head coach, Joe Montemurro
Photo: Kunjan Malde for The FA

Arsenal Women’s head coach, Joe Montemurro, will be leaving the Gunners at the end of the 2020/21 season.

The Australian lead Arsenal to a first WSL title in seven years, four cup finals and a Champions League quarter.

Montemurro, who is to take a professional break and dedicate more time to his family, said: “My three and a half years at Arsenal have been a fantastic adventure, the highlight of my coaching career. 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.

“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.”

Arsenal Chief Executive Vinai Venkatesham said: “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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