Could Pep one day coach Arsenal’s First Team?

Joseph (Joe) “Pep” Montemurro, the Australian of Italian descent on course to make Arsenal Women winners again. Could he do the same for the men’s team?

This is what Joe had to say to Katie Whyatt of the Telegraph about Arsenal Women who last won the league title in 2012 and the all-conquering side that won it all in 2007 as the other big clubs started investing and winning (does that sound familiar?)..

“It was a big transition with other teams investing. The Man Citys and the Chelseas challenged the status quo of Arsenal being the dominant team. I think it needed to find its level of confidence, find its level of belief, find its level of enjoyment and what Arsenal stood for.”

“Arsenal’s always been synonymous with an attractive, proactive brand of football. It’s a football that excites, a football that entices. I think there’s also a level of integrity and respect that typifies Arsenal worldwide, as a club and as an identity.”

“I’ve always been a coach that loves teams to dominate with the ball. The most important thing is a level of fluidity, and I believe in what Arsenal stand for. It was a matter of me reiterating those messages, and allowing the players the freedom to start to enjoy their football again, to believe in what we’re trying to do. The reality is I put levels of clarity into what the ethos and the ethics of the team needed to be as a standard. It’s restoring those beliefs in your everyday work and your everyday language.”

How good were Arsenal Women of the past (pre 2013)

(from Wiki)

Arsenal have won the FA Women’s Cup fourteen times, and the Women’s League Cup ten times.[5] This includes eight League and FA Women’s Cup Doubles; in 1992–93, 1994–95, 2000–01, 2003–04, 2005–06, 2006–07, 2007–08 and 2008–09, and four domestic Trebles, in 1992–93, 2000–01 and 2006–07, 2008–09. Arsenal have represented England a total of seven times in the UEFA Women’s Champions League (formerly the UEFA Women’s Cup), and had previously reached the semi-finals twice (in 2002–03 and 2004–05).

The 2006–07 season was Arsenal’s most successful ever, having won not just all three domestic trophies but also the 2006–07 UEFA Women’s Champions League (then called the UEFA Women’s Cup), beating Umeå IK in the final 1–0 on aggregate; this was the first time any British club won the competition. On top of that Arsenal won the FA Women’s Community Shield as well as the local London County FA Women’s Cup. The end result was that the team won every single competition available to them, earning a unique sextuple. The wins that year came against full-time professional players, whereas most of the Arsenal team had full-time jobs.[7] Additionally, Arsenal won all 22 games they played in the Premier League that season, scoring 119 goals and conceding just ten.[8] In recognition of the achievement, the team were honoured with The Committee Award by the Sports Journalists’ Association in the 2007 Sports Journalists’ Awards.

So how well is Pep doing in 2018 –

Played 7 games:

4 Home Wins 18 Goals For, 4 Goals Against

3 Away Wins 16 Goals For, 0 Goals Against (that’s right, zero goals scored against them whilst away)

Total 7 Wins, 34 Goals for, 4 Goals Against, Undefeated so far.

Some of the big wins this season –

Beating Liverpool Women 5:0 at home

Beating Chelsea Women 0:5 away

Other high scoring wins whilst away 0:7 (at Yeovil Ladies) and FA WSL Cup 0:9 (at Lewes Ladies)

Could Pep make the transition to the First Team?

Pep cut his teeth in the difficult youth and senior men’s teams of the old Australian NSL and Victorian State Leagues. An ethnic diverse bunch of clubs representing Italian, Greek, Maltese and Croatian communities in which expectations are high and it’s all about the results to get respect. He has saved clubs from relegation and he has taken clubs to promotion. He has taken mens and womens teams through the entire season undefeated. He is also well qualified –

(wiki) In 2010, he completed his UEFA A license at Coverciano Italy via the FIGC (Federazione Italiana Giuoco Calcio). He also completed his UEFA Pro License at Coverciano in July 2014 and is a member of the Italian Coaches Association (AIAC). He also holds an AFC/FFA A License and completed the Master of Sports Coaching degree at the University of Queensland.

In his own words

“To put it simply, I’m a project coach. I love everything about the journey.

I’m not a smash-and-grab manager who goes in there, saves a club from a tight spot and then leaves. It’s about building a group and developing a DNA. It’s really, really important that everyone’s on a journey and everyone’s involved in a process to build something very, very special. That’s what I feel we’re going to achieve at Arsenal. “

And the Aussie ABC had this to say – It is Manchester City coach Pep Guardiola, however, with whom comparisons have recently been drawn. And not just because friends and family back in Victoria know Montemurro by the same abbreviated first name.

It could be the Catalan speaking when Montemurro explains his playing philosophy. “We want the ball … with the ball you’ve got control,” he says.

“We work a lot on that. And on positional play. That creates the framework for players to be innovative and creative within it and express themselves.”

So can Pep make the transition? Don’t be surprised to see him on the bench next to Emery before the end of this season. Could the backroom boys already be grooming our very own Pep to take over?  Yes its a real possibility but I can also see him being tempted back home to his wonderful family, most likely as Australia’s new national Women’s coach in preparation for the Women’s World Cup to be played on Australian soil in 2023 (the Aussie WWC bid is already underway).

And the best thing is that Pep is living the dream. He has been a lifelong supporter of the Arsenal, let it be so…

So who has been to watch the transformation of the Arsenal Women’s team under the guidance of Pep?

Can you see Pep sitting alongside Emery in the not too distant future?

Could Pep become the new Pep at Arsenal?

Written by VP of Oz


31 Responses to Could Pep one day coach Arsenal’s First Team?

  1. chas says:

    Cheers, VP, interesting idea. Let’s hope so.

  2. chas says:

  3. LBG says:

    What an interesting read VP. Thank you.
    Well he talks the Arsenal Talk….and I’m not sure one or two of the ladies/women/females shouldn’t be in our men’s squad!

  4. LB says:

    Yes, it certainly was a very interesting read. Lots I didn’t know.

    It seems to me the Nobbs is the star of the show, does anyone know how and why we have her rather than City or Chelsea? Is it about money or does she just have really good taste?

  5. chas says:

    Nobbs got injured in yesterday’s match. She did look excellent on the ball.
    The two Dutch girls Mediema and van de Donk look very good, too.
    There are apparently a few other high profile injuries, Kim Little is one.

  6. VP of Oz says:


    from my count Chas 6:54, thats 50 goals for and 5 against with a GD of +45 plus 7 clean sheets after 10 games,

    Its shaping up to be a good season for the women lets hope the men continue their own undefeated streak

  7. Big Raddy says:

    VP. Excellent post.

    One has to be impressed that AFC identified him as the right coach for our stellar women’s team.

    Could Pep become the first Ozzie to manage in the PL? He has the credentials. Youth team next, then onto the bench alongside UE (assuming he is still with us).

    And he speaks Italian

  8. John Mathews legend says:

    Nice read VP. I didn’t know much about his background. Interesting idea that a coach could come up through the ranks rather than the usual ex-player/coach suggestions.

  9. LB says:

    Good to see you back John.

    It’s all a bit quiet during the interlull, do you happen to have an idea for a post that you fancy sharing with us?

    It’s the Interlull, so if your cat happens to support Arsenal that would be more than reason enough for a headline post.

    Actually, I watched the Wolves game with the Costa Blanca Arsenal Supporters and to my very happy surprise the dog laying in the corner was called Dennis Bergkamp; well, it brought a smile to my face. I don’t think he was very impressed with the performance, he didn’t even jump up when we equalised.

  10. Big Raddy says:

    Not sure I agree with a dog having a surname 😀

    My last dog, a flat coat retriever, was called Eddie after Eddie Kelly (scorer in the ’71 Cup Final).

    In the cantina of my summer house there are two bats called Nacho and Hector.

    Looking forward to Denmark beating Oireland tonight.

  11. chas says:

  12. John Mathews legend says:

    The last cat I ever had was a St Etienne fan….that’s going back a bit coz all the cats round here are Marseille, Lyon or PSG now.
    The Danes are not quite beating the worst ever Oirish team yet…
    LB, might try to write another ‘memories of the 70s’ post if it can help out as a filler in. How do I write it as a post and not a comment?

  13. chas says:


    Write it as an email and send to

  14. Big Raddy says:

    Morning All,

    No time for anyone to get up a post for today though I will try to do one this afternoon, just to keep the run going.

    Unless someone else has something to say …

  15. chas says:

    I’m at work all day, sorry

  16. VP of Oz says:

    If you need an idea for a post, I read somewhere that Arsene has come out and said that his greatest nemesis was the zipper on his coat.

  17. LBG says:

    Take a look at Pablo Formals on YouTube.There’s an interesting Santi comparison for me with him. Possible for Dick in January apparently!

  18. LBG says:

    Fornals, even.

  19. RC78 says:

    Ramsey doesn’t agree terms with Bayern so most likely destinations are now Juventus (nr.1), Barcelona (n.2), PSG (nr.3), Man or Liverpool or Chelsea (nr. 4)

    PSG ready to buy him in January.

    Man Utd make 90 Mln EUR bid for Koulibaly, Napoli refuses

    Arsenal reportedly interested in Bailly from Man Utd

  20. RC78 says:

    If we can approach Juve to get Ramsey at a cut price in January and we can get Douglas Costa at the end of the year, I think it would be the best deal for us 🙂

  21. John Mathews legend says:

    Chas I’ve sent some ramblings about the 78/79 cup run to the email address you gave me. You’re welcome to use it as a post if you think its of any interest.

  22. Big Raddy says:

    RC. We should never have allowed Sczeczny or Gnabry to leave. Gnabry is exactly the player we need on the right –

    Both were stupid decisions.

  23. VP of Oz says:

    BR, last I remember, most of the Arsenal supporters were turning on Szczesny back in the day…

    Twitter Reacts
    “Already ruined 2015” – Fans raged after Wojciech Szczesny sloppy mistake against Southampton

    I think we entered a period were performances were judged game by game and players (or manager) were not given space to develop or string together a run of consistent performances.

  24. chas says:

    I have time this morning so will prep JML’s post for today.

  25. LBG says:

    So, as we suspected, Aaron was pressing for over £200,000 a week,( but he will still be included in a new “legends” wall.)
    Big mistake Aaron, and, like Sanchez, you may soon be in the money, “but will you be happy?” Don’t think, however, you will ever touch the pariah levels of the Mercenary!

  26. Big Raddy says:

    Morning All,

    Can’t blame Ramsey for trying to maximise his income. He has an expensive lifestyle and newborns cost a lot to run – all those trips to Mothercare etc

  27. chas says:


  28. chas says:

    Sorry, BR, my timing is crap as usual.

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