Arsenal Women manager Joe Montemurro says that he has had no contact from the club’s bosses since the European Super League announcement – and added that he thought the passing mention of the women’s game in the proposals was “sketchy”.
“The reality is that the information in regards to the format of the women’s tournament or competition was very sketchy,” he said. “I do believe it was probably just something that was added on as an extra scenario, just to sort of put it in there as part of the full package.
“I haven’t had any chats with Vinai since the actual announcement on the all-staff call happened earlier this week.
“I haven’t had any had any contact with the club, or anyone from that perspective.”
The Australian, who leaves Arsenal at the end of the season, says he found out about the plans by watching television, the same as most other football fans – but would not have expected to have been consulted anyway.
“[It was] dispiriting in terms of the announcement – I’m speaking maybe out of turn, but I think it was a bolt-on, a little bit of lip service, that’s my honest opinion.
“I’m only a humble little coach of a small little Arsenal team – I don’t expect to be involved in high-powered political football discussions. My focus is to coach an amazing bunch of players, play a good brand of football, and be the best we can be.”
Montemurro’s Gunners face Brighton and Hove Albion at Meadow Park in the Barclays FA Women’s Super League this weekend, and he expects to have two of his internationals back from injury and available for selection – Australia’s Steph Catley and Switzerland’s Noelle Maritz.
And as they look to confirm a third-place finish and a spot in next season’s Champions League, he says their destiny is in their own hands.
“There’s a really good flow,” he said. “We’re back to that flow we’ve had at the start of the year and for half the season last year so the team is in a good space, it’s in a good place mentally, and obviously it’s purely in our hands and we know that if we control scenarios, we’ll be able to achieve what we want to achieve this year and that’s that Champions League spot.”