Arsenal Women boss Joe Montemurro to leave club at end of season

Arsenal Women boss Joe Montemurro will leave the club at the end of the season.

The 51-year-old Australian has been in charge since November 2017 with the highlight of his reign in 2019 when he led the Gunners to the Women’s Super League title. There was also success in 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”.

Montemurro 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.

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“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.”

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