Juventus Women and coach Joe Montemurro part ways

Midway through his third season in the job and with five trophies won, Joe Montemurro's time at Juventus Women has come to an end between the two legs of their Women's Coppa Italia tie against Fiorentina.

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Juventus Women confirmed on Wednesday, March 6, 2024, that they and coach Joe Montemurro parted ways. Montemurro departs having spent two-and-a-half seasons in the job with the Bianconere, winning five trophies.

Montemurro joined Juventus Women from Arsenal in 2021, succeeding Rita Guarino on the bench, and immediately had an impact on Italian women’s football. Under his guidance, the Bianconere won a domestic treble in 2021/22 – claiming the Women’s Serie A title, the Women’s Italian Cup, and the Women’s Supercoppa Italiana.

Montemurro also took the club to their best-ever Women’s Champions League season, reaching the quarter-finals in 2021/22.

Juventus Women gather around coach Joe Montemurro. (@JuventusFCWomen)

In his second season, Juventus were beaten to the Scudetto by an excellent Roma side, though the Bianconere managed to end the season on a high by beating the Giallorosse in the Coppa Italia final. They then beat Roma again in January 2024 to win Montemurro‘s fifth, and final, trophy with the club.

In the league, Juventus sit eight points behind leaders Roma in second place after the end of the Serie A regular season and ahead of the Poule Scudetto kicking off. His last game at the helm saw the Bianconere lose 1-0 away to Fiorentina in the first leg of their Women’s Coppa Italia semi-final.

Juventus confirm Joe Montemurro’s departure

Juventus Women coach Joe Montemurro. (Photo: Juventus)

Juventus announced Montemurro‘s departure in a statement on Wednesday, March 6, 2024.

Juventus Football Club announces that an agreement has been reached with Coach Joe Montemurro who, as of today, will no longer hold the position of coach of the Juventus Women’s First Team,” the statement began.

“The entire club wishes to thank Joe for the work he has done over the last three years, guiding the team to one Scudetto title, two Italian Cups and two Italian Super Cups. The technical leadership of the Women’s First Team is temporarily entrusted to assistant coach Giuseppe Zappella.

Montemurro arrived at Juventus in 2021 with significant international experience in women’s football, having two titles in Australia with Melbourne City, and one in England, with Arsenal.

“At Juventus, he made an immense contribution in terms of ideas, above all that of proactive football. And then, of course, in terms of results, his list of achievements mentioned above, with two excellent campaigns in the Women’s Champions League in the 2021/22 and 2022/23 seasons as well.”

In the same statement, Juventus announced that Women’s Football Director Stefano Braghin had renewed his contract until June 30, 2027.

“I thank Joe on behalf of the whole Juventus family for the passion and commitment he has shown since his arrival at Juventus,” Braghin said. “But we believe that, in the best interest of the club, an immediate change is necessary.

“We wish Joe all the best for his professional future.”

Montemurro had renewed his contract at Juventus until 2026 earlier this season.

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