Joe Montemurro, a final year student of Parade’s Class of 1987, is to stand down as Arsenal Women’s Manager at season’s end.
Joe has held the position since November 2017, during which time he
guided the Gunners to the 2018-19 Women's Super League title as well as
Cup in 2018.
In a statement released by the club, it was reported that Joe, whose
side currently sits fourth on the WSL table, had “decided to take a
to recharge and dedicate more time to spending with his family”.
The 51-year-old boy from Fairfield, a well-liked and respected figure
throughout the sport, said he had made the decision in February – “the
decision of my life, as I absolutely love this job and this club,
the club I have supported all my life”.
“Probably just after the return this season there were some things I
needed to resolve and look at, but the decision happened in February and
that this was the best time to announce it going forward,” Joe later
“The biggest thing I was scared of when I told Vinai (Venkatesham,
chief executive) and Clare (Wheatley, development manager) was that
they’d be upset
and never let me back into the club, but they’ve been absolutely
“I can sit here and safely say that I will be forever part of the Arsenal family and I was one of the lucky ones that got to work here and give my all and meet some amazing people.”
For the past nine years, Joe has remained in continuous management
with Melbourne City, during which time he’s had to split time with his
of whom remained in Australia during his tenure with the Gunners.
Joe’s plans beyond Arsenal are unknown at the time of writing.