Joseph Montemurro Profile
|Born||Sep 13, 1973|
After starting as an amateur coach in Australia, Joe Montemurro's impressive managerial record has seen him rise to the top of the women's game. He is the current head coach of Arsenal women.
Joe Montemurro is a former professional soccer player who played in a midfield during a brief career. More notably, he has carved out a name for himself in management and is currently in charge of Arsenal's women's team.
Montemurro played for Brunswick Juventus, Neuchatel Xamax and Potenza before a spell on the books of Treviso. His coaching career began at Brunswick Juventus and he was a youth coach in Australia for some time.
Montemurro then coached the first team at Sunshine George Cross before moving on to Coburg United, Port Moresby, Melbourne Victory Women, Melbourne City Women and Arsenal Women.
Joe Montemurro's playing career
Montemurro spent his youth career at Brunswick Juventus and made his first appearance in the National Soccer League for them at the age of 16.
After his spell there, he moved to Swiss club Neuchatel Xamax. Spells at Potenza and Treviso in Serie C2 followed.
He returned to Australia in 1996, playing in the Victorian State leagues and launching his coaching education.
Early coaching career
Montemurro began his coaching career with Brunswick Juventus' youngsters before a spell coaching in the Victorian Premier league with Green Gully U-21. He took them to second place in his first year in charge.
In 2002/03, Montemurro took charge of Melbourne Knights' youth team, guiding them to the Southern Division Championship, although the team lost the play-off to become national youth champions.
After a successful spell at South Melbourne, he took over Sunshine George Cross' first team, saving them from relegation.
In 2008, he was appointed head coach of Coburg United in Victorian State League 1, earning them promotion to the top flight for the first time in the club's history.
In 2010, he returned to South Melbourne and resumed his youth coaching career, guiding the team to the league title without defeat. He was promoted to assistant senior coach and achieved further success before taking over at Port Moresby in the Papua New Guinea National Soccer League.
The club reached the final of the championship play-offs after finishing third in the league, but lost 3-0 to Hekari United.
In 2014, he returned to Melbourne and headed up coaching at the National Training Centre for women's soccer in Victoria.
Time in Melbourne
Montemurro was appointed head coach of the Melbourne Victory W-League side in May 2014. He led them to second place, although they lost the play-off semi-final to Canberra United via a penalty shootout.
He left at the end of the season to take charge of Melbourne City's youth side before going on to coach their women's team.
In 2015/16, Montemurro led Melbourne City Women to the double, which included an unbeaten league season. He was subsequently brought into the men's senior set-up as an assistant coach, eventually relinquishing his women's coaching duties to become the men's chief assistant coach.
Joe Montemurro and Arsenal Women
In November 2017, Pedro Martinez Losa was sacked as Arsenal's women's manager following a poor run of results, paving the way for Montemurro to take over.
It did not take Montemurro long to begin his revival of a team which had once dominated English women's soccer. His first piece of silverware was the League Cup which they won with a 1-0 final victory over Manchester City in March 2018.
Montemurro led Arsenal to the FA Cup final in May 2018. However, they but they were beaten 3-1 by Chelsea in front of a record crowd of 45,423 at Wembley.
The team started the 2018/19 season like a house on fire, winning nine games on the trot and scoring 42 goals, conceding only five in the process.
The winning run was eventually brought to a halt by a 2-0 defeat at the hands of Manchester City when Arsenal were struggling with injuries. They bounced back, however, and went on to secure the FA WSL title with a fixture to spare.
Montemurro capped the season off by winning the WSL League Manager's Association Coach of the Year.
"To coach an Arsenal team to a championship as an Arsenal fan is mind-boggling," Montemurro said, as per the club's official website. "It's something I'd never have thought about in growing up and becoming a coach. I'm very proud and very honoured to be here as an Arsenal coach.
"Winning the title means a lot because we've had an interesting year. They've come together as a group and there's been a lot of adversity with regards to the injuries and so on. As a group, the love and the respect they have for each other really culminates in what we've achieved today.
"I'm very proud of the way we did it with control, defined our own destiny. We didn't have to rely on other teams dropping points or anyone else losing. It was just us and that's all credit to the players who were prepared every week and bought into the philosophy and methodology of play. They've represented Arsenal in the best way possible."
Montemurro's Arsenal made the quarter-finals of the 2019/20 UEFA Women's Champions League. However, it was announced in March 2021 that he was to leave Arsenal at the end of the 2020/21 season.
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.
"The women's game is entering an exciting new era and thanks to Joe's outstanding work, Arsenal is well placed to be as much a force in the future as it has been in the past."
According to Arsenal's club website, Montemurro's decision to step down as Arsenal Women manager was motivated by a desire to spend more time with his family. He has two children with his wife, Linda.
His family is of Italian descent, having moved from Italy to Australia following the end of the World War II.
He initiated the process of getting his PhD at the University of Loughborough, focusing on Sports Psychology Performance.
Joe Montemurro's net worth
Montemurro's net worth is unknown. However, it is fair to assume he has accumulated more wealth than he had at the start of his coaching career, when he had to supplement mentoring players with working in bars and cafes.