ESPN Australia have sourced the information that US Soccer, who are looking to replace departing coach Jill Ellis, have turned to the Arsenal manager as one of their options.
There is no bigger job in the women’s footballing world than managing the prestigious US Women’s National team.
They are the current World Cup holders after winning the 2015 and 2019 edition. They have won the trophy four times, as well as the Olympics – also four times.
ESPN claim that Montemurro has been approached by the USSF and the Arsenal manager has expressed an interest into the role. In the meantime, Arsenal have blocked the approach and a potential interview as the manager has recently signed a long-term contract. It makes sense from the club as the manager is under contract.
There is no doubt that this is a really tempting job.
The resources available to the US WNT manager are unmatched around the world. The way the US selection operates is very different from the way it works in Europe. While in Europe, the players belong to their club and go on international duty. The US players, who are contracted to US Soccer, more or less belong to the National Team and go to their NWSL club whenever US Soccer allows them and get picked up for training camps outside of the FIFA regulated international dates.
The US WNT operation is very close to a club team rather the usual way national teams work. There is also a huge pool of players available, allowing the manager to select the players that fit his/her philosophy.
As Joe Montemurro is leading the club in the Champions League for the first time in five years, it will be interesting to see if the temptation of the biggest job on the planet is enough to prize him away from his Arsenal role.
Hopefully, he will stay at the club and carry on the excellent things he has done since he has arrived.