Aussie coach leaves Italian powerhouse after winning five trophies, incl. historic treble

Liberty A-League Championship-winning head coach Joe Montemurro is a free agent following his departure from Juventus Women.

Montemurro only signed a contract extension through to 2026 in September, however, the Italian powerhouse opted to part with the Australian coach on Wednesday.

The former Melbourne Victory and Melbourne City boss’ exit comes after Juve’s 1-0 loss to Fiorentina in the first leg of their Coppa Italia semi-final, with the team also second and eight points adrift of defending champions Roma in Serie A.

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Montemurro leaves Juventus with five trophies, including an historic treble in his first season in Turin, where he had been based since 2021 after leaving Women’s Super League (WSL) giants Arsenal.

Over three years, he won a Scudetto – becoming the first foreigner to do so since 2000, two Coppa Italia titles and a pair of Supercoppa Italiana triumphs.

During his time at Juve, he also won the Panchina D’Oro – an annual award given to the best coaches in Serie A – for women’s football

“At Juventus, he made an immense contribution in terms of ideas, above all that of proactive football,” a club statement read.

“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.”

Juventus Women’s football director Stefano Braghin, who renewed his contract until 2027, added: “I thank Joe on behalf of the whole Juventus family for the passion and commitment he has shown since his arrival at Juventus, 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.

“Furthermore, I thank the club for their trust in entrusting me with a new phase of this project that I have been involved in since the very first day. In full harmony with the club’s strategy, we will work by combining competitiveness and sustainability through the development of young talents and with the support of champions who will transfer experience and a sense of belonging to these colours.

“While aiming to be competitive at the highest level, as our club’s tradition dictates, for at least two years, qualification to the UWCL and participation in the relevant Group Stage will be our main objectives, together with the valorisation of our young players and the reopening of a winning cycle as soon as possible.”