Arsenal Women manager Joe Montemurro to leave at end of season

Joe Montemurro said he had made the “hardest professional decision” of his life in announcing that he will leave Arsenal at the end of the season after more than three years as manager.

“I absolutely love this job and this club, the club I have supported all my life,” the 51-year-old said. “I’m hugely grateful to the club for their unrelenting support during my time here and in understanding and respecting my decision.”

A statement from the club said Montemurro had decided to “take a professional break” to “recharge and dedicate more time to his family” and that he would leave on 31 May.

Montemurro said: “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.”

The Australian took charge of Arsenal in 2017 and led them in 2019 to a first Women’s Super League title in seven years, having won the Continental League Cup a few months into his tenure.

“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,” he said.

Arsenal’s 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.”

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