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Although our new manager Joe Montemurro grew up on the other side of the world, the Australian has been an Arsenal fan his whole life, making the experience of working at the club he supported growing up a surreal one.
Having had time to meet some of his new players, get on the training pitch and begin to settle in to a new country, Joe Montemurro sat down with us and explained how he felt to be the new Arsenal Women’s manager.
Here is what he had to say:
“Look, without using the common clichés, I am honoured and privileged. It’s an amazing opportunity and I’m looking forward to the journey.”
“The thing that really hit me from the start was that it’s a real people’s club. I’d been here for a couple of days before I got the job, obviously to meet, greet and see. The thing that really stuck out was that they really care about their people and they really care about what they stand for and the ethos of the club.”
“That was really evident without speaking of football. I’m an Arsenal fan and have been all my life, so obviously the footballing part of it suits the way that I think football should be played, in a proactive possession based game, and hopefully we can bring that forward in the women’s team also.
On being an Arsenal fan Montemurro said “It’s a bit surreal. I sort of look and see that I’m wearing the badge and here seeing the legends and the people, so it’s very surreal actually. “
“I’m sort of still coming down from the high, so I can’t explain it, it’s really difficult to explain, but I think surreal is the right word.”
“It’s interesting, I effectively got an email one night about some interest from a club overseas. Low and behold it was Arsenal and it just developed from there, so pretty much here I am and it was quite a straight forward process and quite interesting that it happened so quickly.” Montemurro said on how the move came about.
“Obviously they must have been monitoring and asked around about my qualities and credentials and so on and low and behold I’m here.” Montemurro added.