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Sources in Australia confirm that the new Arsenal Women’s manager will come from the City group as he is the current Melbourne City men’s assistant coach.
Joe Montemurro has an excellent record in women’s football with a runners-up place with Melbourne Victory in 2014, followed by a semi-final play-off defeat.
In 2016 he also managed the newly created Melbourne City Women’s team to the title and won the play-off, finishing the season unbeaten. Quite an incredible feat for a team created from scratch a few months earlier.
The squad that achieved such an impressive result was full of current and ex WSL players: Kim Little was in the squad, former Gunner Jennifer Beattie was there as well. The Welsh wizard, Jessica Fishlock, was part of the squad as was former Lincoln defender, Laura Alleway. Australian stars, Stephanie Catley and Lisa De Vanna, were also in that winning squad.
What it all means is that the new Arsenal women’s boss knows how to manage a constellation of stars and work under pressure.
This is excellent news as the Arsenal job comes with high expectations – like qualifying for the Champions League at least.