Joe Montemurro: ex-Arsenal manager appointed Juventus Women’s head coach
What will Joe Montemurro bring to Juventus?
Art de Roche (Arsenal correspondent): Montemurro is an offensive possession-based manager and will look to instill these fundamentals upon his arrival at Juventus.
He is also a manager who is closely interested in the human dimension of his role and will seek to create links with his players on and off the pitch.
The Australian brought these qualities to Arsenal incredibly quickly after joining them in November 2017, managed to win the Continental Cup later in the season and the Women’s Super League title in her first full season (2018-19 ).
Throughout his time in North London, Montemurro was very committed to succession planning and running a football club as a whole. This will still be the case in Italy, where he made his coaching badges.
What did Montemurro achieve at Arsenal?
The 51-year-old joined Arsenal from Melbourne City in November 2017.
He led the team to their first WSL title in seven years in 2019 and during his tenure guided them to four cup finals and a Champions League quarter-final.
In 2019, Montemurro was the first WSL coach to be named Manager of the Year at the London Football Awards, alongside Maurizio Sarri and Mauricio Pochettino.
That same year, he also won the WSL League Managers Association Coach of the Year award and was named FIFA Women’s Coach of the Year.
Montemurro led Arsenal to third place in the WSL 2020-21.
What is the state of play at Juventus?
Montemurro joins an incredibly successful club – although it was only founded in 2017, Juventus have won the domestic title in all four seasons of their existence.
Last season they did so in a memorable way, winning their 22 league games as they rushed to the title with 15 points in a 12-team division.
They are led by captain Sara Gama and star striker Cristiana Girelli, who has scored 22 goals this season.
Domestic success is almost expected at this point, but just like with the men, Champions League glory is the next goal for Juventus – who crashed in the round of 16 against Lyon in this year’s competition. .
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