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The FA Women’s Super League (WSL)- Managers


We have had a look at the signings made by the top teams of the WSL. Now let us dive in and get to know more about the managers of these sides of WSL.

Joseph “Joe” Montemurro

Joe Montemurro WSL Arsenal Managers
(Image Source: Twitter) Joe Montemurro

Joseph (Joe) Montemurro joined Arsenal Women FC at the start of the 2017-18 season. He came with a stellar reputation, having led Melbourne City Women to an invincible 2015-16 season and crowning them as the W-League Premiers (champions). Joe has varied experience in management, having coached multiple other clubs in Australia, where he hails from. Under his leadership, Arsenal Women won their first Women’s Super League title in the 2018-19 season, since they last won it in the 2012 season. The team led by him secured the Continental Cup in 2018 as well, and reached the finals of the 2019 Continental Cup, but the side could not become successive Cup winners.

For the 2018-19 season, Joe was nominated for the Manager of the Year award at the London Football Awards, alongside men’s team managers Maurizio Sarri (Chelsea) and Mauricio Pochettino (Tottenham), making him the first WSL coach to be nominated for the same. Montemurro won the League Managers Association (LMA) WSL Manager of the Year for the 2018-19 season as well. He was nominated for FIFA World Women’s Coach of the Year in July 2019 too. Failing to bag any titles in the previous season, Joe Montemurro and his Arsenal side will be hungrier than ever to make the 2020-21 season a success.

Emma Hayes

Emma Hayes Chelsea managers
Image Source: The Sunday Times Twitter| Emma Hayes Chelsea Women’s team Manager

Chelsea manager Emma Hayes has been at the club since the 2012 season. She has transformed Chelsea to a top team and regular title contenders since. After moving to Chelsea Women FC from the Chicago Red Stars, Emma Hayes faced strong Arsenal and Liverpool sides. Chelsea’s first WSL title came under Hayes’ leadership. She took 3 years to win her first WSL title at Chelsea in 2015. Her side has secured two more WSL titles since, taking them to joint first place in terms of most WSL titles, sharing the top spot with London rivals, Arsenal Women FC.

Along with the 2019-20 WSL title, Emma Hayes won the WSL Manager of the Year award and the League Managers Association (LMA) WSL Manager of the Year.  She also has 2 FA Cups to her name. Adding world class attacker Pernille Harder after a title winning season is evidence to the ambition of the football club with Emma Hayes at the helm. Hayes served as the assistant first team coach at Arsenal Ladies from 2006 to 2008, winning 11 titles during her tenure. She was also the Academy Director for the Arsenal Ladies during her time at the club.

Casey Stoney

Casey Stoney Manchester United
(Image Source: Facebook) Casey Stoney, Manchester United

Manchester United manager Casey Stoney may not have a long history in the coaching sphere, but has immense playing experience in the top division of women’s football in England. Her first stint as a coach was at Chelsea Ladies, where she performed the role of player-manager following the resignation of the manager at the time. After wrapping up her playing career in 2018, Stoney managed to land a role in the backroom team of the England National Women’s team, managed by Phil Neville.

Soon after, she was appointed as the head coach of Manchester United Women. Her side managed to secure promotion from the FA Women’s Championship to the WSL in their very first season. Manchester United’s debut season finished with the club claiming fourth place. Stoney has received good support in this season’s transfer window as the club have signed Christen Press and Tobin Heath of the US Women’s National Team.

Gareth Taylor

Gareth Taylor ManshesterCity manager Women's team
(Image Source: Twitter City Women Blog) Gareth Taylor

Gareth Taylor, head coach of Manchester City Women FC, started his coaching career at Manchester City’s academy. He coached the Under 16 as well as the Under 18 side during his time at the Academy. The club appointed Taylor as head coach in light of former head coach Nick Cushing’s move to New York City FC. The team already looks solid and has made multiple additions to the squad, much like their men’s side. This should give Taylor a very good chance at making his first season as head coach of the Manchester City Women a success.


We will have a look at the players who execute these managers’ strategies on the field next. Stick around for some in depth team breakdowns.

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