Ex-City, Victory coach nominated alongside Pochettino and Sarri for award

Former Melbourne City and Melbourne Victory Westfield W-League coach Joe Montemurro has been nominated for an award at the 2019 edition of the London Football Awards.

Montemurro - who left City to manage Arsenal's women's team in November 2017 - has been nominated for the ‘Manager of the Year’ after an impressive 2018 at the helm of the English giants.

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Arsenal.com said that “Montemurro has been nominated for Manager of the Year, alongside Mauricio Pochettino and Maurizio Sarri” and that “the nominees were decided earlier this week by an independent panel comprising of former players, representatives from football administration and football media”.

In 2018, Montemurro led Arsenal to victory 27 of a possible 34 competitive matches, culminating in success in the Continental Tyres Cup Final.


Arsenal lost the 2018 FA Cup Final but are in sizzling form in the league in the current season, having won 11 of a possible 13 matches to sit just one point behind Manchester City, who have played one game more than them.

Arsenal last won the Women’s Super League in 2012.


Montemurro, who was born in Melbourne and played professionally for Treviso in Italy, managed a host of youth and senior teams in Australia before taking up a role with Melbourne Victory’s Westfield W-League team in the 2014/15 season.

He moved on to Melbourne City after that and led the club to back-to-back Championships.

Montemurro was working as an assistant coach to City’s men’s team before he was poached by Arsenal.