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2020 05 11 Retrieve
[Arsenal’s Joe Montemurro could replace Phil Neville as England boss] I don’t know whether there would be a serious approach - there are some amazing local coaches that probably deserve an opportunity before me. If I were to be asked, it would be an amazing honour. To have the privilege of taking a great nation with some great players - a nation that will be challenging for World Cups and Euros and the top tournaments - would be an incredible honour.
I’m very happy at Arsenal. I’m loving what I’m doing and it’s always very difficult to think of something that’s not there, but it would be an amazing privilege. I was shocked [and] a little bit confused as to why there hasn’t been a real push to keep [Neville] there and extend his contract, at least until the Euros. I really think Phil has been doing a great job. What I’ve really liked is that he’s looked at a whole group of new players coming through. He’s built some fantastic foundations. What I get from the players at Arsenal, coming back from [the England] camp, is that there’s a real identity and a real love for playing for the national team. They all come back with a great enthusiasm for representing their country. I think he’s been able to instil a culture, but more importantly the way they play is really exciting
2020 05 29 Retrieve
[Joe Montemurro says WSL cancellation provides much-needed break for Arsenal] It was a little expected, and a little bit relieved too. We needed a decision and we needed to put closure on where we were heading for a lot of reasons and anxiety problems, but also to make sure that we can plan and prepare accordingly. I think it’s the right decision and I think that now we have closure, we can all move on and prepare. I think we were leading into a really important part of the season and when you look at the games that we had remaining, it was set to be a really exciting end to the title race. We still had a really good chance of achieving something and we placed ourselves in a really good position. We obviously had a little bit of a tough spot shortly after the new year with injuries and so on, but I think all in all it was on course to be another exciting finish to the season. It’s disappointing we haven’t been able to finish the season, but I must reiterate that I think it was the safest and most logical thing to do. It’s crucial because it’s like a pressure valve that’s finally been taken off! They can now re-calibrate, re-connect with family and enjoy some quality time with their friends once guidelines permit. It’s been so valuable for them to really connect with others and gain a better understanding of being themselves again, because after constantly being in high-pressure situations, you’re almost always on guard and aware of how you’re coming across in the media and on the pitch. Just to take that pressure valve off is really, really important and for a lot of them this time off will prove to be a real god send.
2020 06 05 Retrieve
[When I spoke to him after that game, manager Joe Montemurro identified Jen Beattie’s introduction as a substitute as a game changing moment] One of the big changes in today’s game was when Jen Beattie came on and I think the ball speed just stepped up and we were able to find passes a lot better. I think Jen has been a big miss over the last few weeks
2020 07 08 Retrieve
[Lydia Williams: Arsenal Women sign Australia goalkeeper] This is another really important signing for us. With the wealth of experience that Lydia brings, she can help the younger players that we’ve got, but more importantly she’s a big-game player that will be solid and really contribute to the group