After a three-month search, Jonas Eidevall is the person who will lead Arsenal Women into their post-Joe Montemurro period.
The Swede is managing at residence with Rosengard, whose season ends in July and who he took to the Champions League quarter-finals final season.
At age 38, Eidevall has 15 years of teaching expertise and was described by chief government officer Vinai Venkatesham because the “standout candidate”.
A former central midfielder, his enjoying days had been ended by knee accidents at 17 and he threw himself into teaching. By 23, he was assistant coach at Lunds BK, one other Swedish aspect, having taken steps in youth soccer to make the transition extra seamless.
“That was the primary senior staff I had. Before that, I spent a few years as a youth coach within the New York Metrostars — that’s now Red Bulls (of Major League Soccer),” Eidevall mentioned in his first press convention as Arsenal Women head coach.
“When I finished enjoying, I used to be so obsessed with soccer, I went into teaching.
“Maybe it was factor I didn’t know a lot about teaching, as a result of that made me need to be taught a lot. I learn all of the books, noticed all of the movies, visited all of the coaches, I used to be simply desirous to be taught and develop. I had a fairly clean mindset about it, so I had the profit to kind my perception, my philosophy and was fortunate sufficient to be surrounded by different good coaches I might be taught from.”
Lunds’ supervisor on the time, Jack Majgaard Jensen — now in command of Norwegian girls’s league reigning champions and present leaders Valerenga — noticed a younger man decided sufficient that, upon his exit in 2009, he really helpful a 26-year-old Eidevall to succeed him.
“Jonas was a really bold man. He preferred to work exhausting, he desires to be taught issues and that’s crucial factor in soccer,” Majgaard Jensen tells The Athletic.
“I used to be the coach on the pitch and Jonas was studying, as a result of he was younger. It was all the time essential I might see he needed to work exhausting, be taught and develop. When I received provided to go to Denmark (with Lyngby), I mentioned to the board, ‘Now I believe Jonas is able to take over the staff’. He had growth for his type.”
Following three successive third-place finishes within the Swedish second division between 2006-2008, Eidevall guided Lunds to promotion as champions.
A self-confessed admirer of Arsene Wenger’s Arsenal sides, Lunds supplied the younger coach with a strong base to construct from. Eidevall is obvious that he desires to play possession-based, attacking soccer and accomplish that at a excessive depth, with and with out the ball.
“I come from Denmark and (we) all the time attempt to play a Barcelona type — he checked out that and thought, ‘This seems good’ and was an ideal coach when he took over the staff,” Majgaard Jensen provides.
In that sense, Eidevall’s appointment at Arsenal appears like a pure development from Montemurro.
The Australian rapidly applied his possession-orientated, attacking type of play upon arrival in 2017 and constructed on it over the following three and a half years.
Eidevall being equally inclined, a heavy emphasis will probably be placed on what occurs with the ball. One key space for enchancment he has recognized is how Arsenal cope with a excessive press when enjoying out from the again.
“I’ve a management type that’s direct and clear. So, by that I imply, if I’ve a difficulty or optimistic suggestions, I’ll carry it up instantly — that works completely one of the best in a staff atmosphere,” he mentioned.
“By clear, I imply that I like others to know what I say, so we will use it for example. For instance, if I’ve one thing to say to at least one participant, perhaps there are 10 or 12 different gamers that may be taught from that state of affairs. Then it’s significantly better that we cope with that inside a gaggle setting, so all people can be taught.”
This strategy might stand to learn him.
Montemurro was equally receptive to discussions with gamers on what they felt might be improved, however one former Arsenal Women participant to have first-hand expertise of this with Eidevall is Aston Villa defender Anita Asante.
Signed by the Swede from Gothenburg for Rosengard in 2013, that “multi-directional interchange” embedded in Swedish tradition was evident of their first lunch collectively.
“What I all the time preferred about him was how open he’s to conversing and speaking about soccer or different issues. Sharing his concepts and permitting us to have an opinion as properly. That is a part of his DNA as a coach,” Asante tells The Athletic.
“This is one thing that’s talked about within the girls’s sport rather a lot. More girls and ladies desire info and to be advised what their roles and tasks are fairly clearly. He’s conscious of that and has picked up on it over his time within the girls’s sport.
“He constructed a staff the place we understood our roles and tasks. We undoubtedly had a structured strategy to play, however we might work exterior that, in the fitting areas, and be extra artistic.
“I learnt rather a lot from him, not simply the tactical rules but additionally the technical stuff that permits you to fulfil his philosophy. It might be something from the ball pace, the way you obtain the ball, issues like that… he’s very detailed in that approach that makes you higher individually and collectively.”
From a tactical perspective, Eidevall prefers to play possession-based soccer however will not be married to at least one system.
Speaking to Arsenal’s official web site, he admitted that rising up in Sweden he solely thought to play 4-4-2, however Wenger’s Arsenal shattered that ideology and opened his thoughts.
Asante, the Aston Villa defender, labored with Eidevall at Rosengard and feels Arsenal have made an astute selection (Photo: Neville Williams/Aston Villa FC through Getty Images)
Thankfully for him, this Arsenal squad he’s inheriting is stacked with versatile gamers. Katie McCabe is the stand-out, having transitioned from winger to full-back whereas nonetheless having an impression on matches however, in additional central positions, Leah Williamson and Lia Walti particularly provide numerous methods to set-up for a coach who enjoys having the ball.
Eidevall is seeking to make additions. The previous few seasons have seen Arsenal Women use a small squad in comparison with rivals with an emphasis on versatility, however their new supervisor has been fast to level to the need of fine depth.
The departures of Danielle van de Donk and promising teen Ruby Mace have shrunk the squad additional however Williamson extending her keep is promising. Ensuring that Vivianne Miedema does the identical will probably be a precedence.
Still to finish the Swedish season in his outdated job and with gamers absent forward of the Olympic Games, there will probably be a fast turnaround this pre-season. But that won’t be a difficulty for Eidevall, who will arrive subsequent month for a season that begins on the weekend of September 3, based on Asante.
“I all the time discovered him to be a really motivating coach, all the time filled with encouragement,” says Asante. “Even if it’s a working train throughout pre-season, generally he would take part to us push alongside. Things like that talk volumes to the group since you felt, ‘He’s with us’.
“He’s on the sidelines, pushing you on and driving you, encouraging you, telling you, ‘You can do it’ whenever you’re in your final legs and you are feeling such as you simply need to throw up and quit. I felt I wanted that at instances as a participant.”
The feeling of this being a pure development from Montemurro won’t solely come from Eidevall’s administration type and most popular technique of play, however the reality he’ll maintain your complete backroom employees — Leanne Hall, Aaron D’Antino, Jonathan Dixon and goalkeeping coach Sebastien Barker — that assisted his predecessor.
More additions are anticipated to be made with regard to medical and sports activities science employees members, however the footballing employees will stay the identical.
Venkatesham additionally confirmed plans to extend funding within the staff and enhance amenities on the London Colney coaching floor to make sure progress is made.
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