Arsenal confirm appointment of Jonas Eidevall as their new manager after the departure of Joe Montemurro… as Swedish boss insists he is ‘very ambitious’ and ‘cannot wait’ to get started
- Jonas Eidevall joins Arsenal after successful spell with Swedish side Rosengrad
- He succeeds Joe Montemurro, who led Arsenal to the Super League title in 2019
- Arsenal are in the Champions League this season after finishing third in the WSL
Arsenal have announced the appointment of Jonas Eidevall as the new head coach of their women’s team.
The 38-year-old Swede joins the Gunners from Rosengard, succeeding Joe Montemurro.
Eidevall told Arsenal’s website: ‘I feel honoured to be taking this role. Arsenal have a rich history, more successful than any other women’s team in England. I want to add to these honours.
Jonas Eidevall enjoyed plenty of success at Rosengrad, winning the Swedish Cup in 2018 before securing the league title in 2019
‘It’s super important that we win, and we will be very ambitious about that, but it’s even more important that we live the values and defend the club badge on a day-to-day basis. I cannot wait to do that at Arsenal.’
Eidevall managed men’s side Lunds BK before moving into women’s football by joining Rosengard, where he was assistant and then head coach, and oversaw back-to-back Swedish league titles in 2013 and 2014.
He subsequently had a brief spell as Henrik Larsson’s assistant at Helsingborg, then returned to Rosengard and guided them to a Swedish Cup triumph in 2018 and another league title a year later.
Arsenal chief executive Vinai Venkatesham said: ‘Jonas was the standout candidate of everybody that we considered for this role and we think he’s going to be a great fit to be the head coach of Arsenal Women. It was important that we found the right person to represent our club, both on the pitch and off the pitch.
Joe Montemurro led Arsenal to their first Women’s Super League title for seven years in 2019
‘As for his coaching style, he will bring the style of football that Arsenal fans want to see. He’s someone who likes to play on the front foot, high-tempo, attractive, attacking football.
‘The thing that really came out in all of our interactions with Jonas is how much he wanted to join Arsenal and his desire to be part of this club, his desire to be part of our future and to help us deliver our ambitions going forward. So we’re delighted that he’s joining us.’
Montemurro stepped down from the job he had been in since November 2017 at the end of the 2020-21 season, with Arsenal having finished third in the Women’s Super League to secure a return to the Champions League.
The Australian’s tenure included the team winning the WSL in 2019 – their first league title since 2012 – and the League Cup in 2018. Montemurro has since taken charge of Juventus’ women’s side.
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