Joe Montemurro will leave his role as Arsenal’s manager at the end of the season, the club has confirmed.
During his time at Arsenal, Montemurro won the Women’s Super League title in the 2018/19 season – the club’s first title in seven years. He also took the Gunners to four cup finals, winning the Continental Cup in the process and made last season’s Champions League quarter-final.
The Australian has decided to take a professional break to recharge and spend more time with his family.
Speaking to Arsenal.com, he 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.”
Montemurro will remain at the hilt of the club until the end of the season. He will officially step down from his role with Arsenal on May 31st as the Gunners look to find a suitable replacement.