IF Joe Montemurro had actually come to Toolbox one year earlier, I may not have hung up my boots in 2018.
It was a psychological day when Joe revealed today that he would be stepping down as supervisor at the end of this season after three years in charge.
He’s doing it to recharge his batteries and invest more time with his household.
Prior to he got the task I keep in mind satisfying him for the extremely first time in a Holiday Inn in Borehamwood with Arsenal’s Head of Women’s Football Clare Wheatley.
The club was going through a rough shift after Pedro Martinez Losa left in 2017 and we had not lifted the league trophy in 5 years.
I felt nervous about who was going to lead the side, as I knew it was my last season before I retired.
But as quickly as I met Joe that day I knew he was the guy for the task.
He radiates positivity and was incredibly dedicated to the club, as a lifelong Gunners fan from Australia!
I remember leaving that Vacation Inn thinking, ‘wow, we have actually discovered our male’.
I could inform he felt in one’s bones how to move the ladies’s side forward. It felt like a weight had actually been taken off my shoulders as I knew I was leaving Toolbox Women with an incredible, new leader.
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It was a difficult time for him to come in since players like me, who had actually lived and breathed the Gunners since I was 8 years of ages, were retiring.
So Joe needed to generate fresh faces to stay up to date with rivals Manchester City and Chelsea, while still maintaining the Toolbox values.
However he managed to do it completely and all the players had a new-found love for training.
It was not a surprise when he led the club to its first WSL title in seven years in 2019, then 4 cup finals and a Champions League quarter-final during three years.
There has actually been a huge profusion of love from the players on Twitter and Leah Williamson explained him as “the definition of a great man”.
He wasn’t just a coach, he looked after the players, which is so essential in females’s football.
It’s a hard one to call regarding who ought to take over when Joe formally leaves on May 31.
Whoever is taking on the job requires to as soon as again move the club forward because they are most likely to end this season without a prize.
Also the brand-new supervisor will require to keep the senior star gamers on board, as well as recruiting amazing brand-new faces.
However the main thing is we don’t want Arsenal Women to be left as the WSL goes from strength to strength.
There’s no better time to enter into women’s football, given the historical broadcasting deal with Sky Sports and the BBC.
But Arsenal Ladies have got to bring trophies back to the club.
When I was a gamer we utilized to laugh about our flashing prize cabinet, due to the fact that every year we would either win the league, the FA Cup or the League Cup.
So if the Gunners are coming away from this season without any flatware at all, then in my eyes they have actually got to do much better.