Arsenal have announced that Jonas Eidevall will take over as head coach of the women’s team after Joe Montemurro stepped down.
Eidevall comes to Arsenal from Swedish side, Rosengard, where he helped them reach the quarter-finals of the Champions League last season.
The 38-year-old switched to women’s football after guiding the men’s side, Lunds BK, to the second division title in 2009.
He has also written a few articles which will help give you a feel for him as a coach:
- How to design football exercises like a professional coach
- How to watch a football match like a professional coach
- Marginal gains – never be complacent
Speaking about his departure, Rosengard’s sports director, Therese Sjögran, said, “This feels a bit sentimental. I have worked with Jonas for almost 4 years and it has been fantastic fun. But now he is leaving for Arsenal and taking the next step in his career, and I wish him all the best! I actually believe that our paths will cross again.”
Eidevall will be replaced at Rosengard by 32-year-old Renée Slegers, who made 55 appearances for the Dutch national side and who was at Arsenal 2006-2007 as a youngster.
Jonas said: “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. 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.”
Chief executive, Vinai Venkatesham, added: “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.
“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.”
I don’t know anything about Eidevall, apart from he has a Twitter account that’s locked, but I’m sure he will do a very good job.
Shame there were no women anywhere in the world who were available and suitable.
Joe Montemurro, meanwhile, has taken over at Juventus.