Chelsea confirm Emma Hayes will leave at the end of the season as she becomes top target for USWNT job
One of the best managers in women's football.
Emma Hayes will leave her role as manager of Chelsea Women at the end of the season, the club have confirmed.
Hayes, considered as one of the best managers in the women’s game, has been in the role since 2012 and has guided the Blues to six Women’s Super League (WSL) titles – but she is now set for a new job ‘outside of the WSL and club football’.
The 47-year-old is the No.1 choice to become the new head coach of the United States women’s national team (USWNT), according to The Telegraph.
Hayes was crowned The Best FIFA Football Coach in 2021 and has been named WSL Manager of the Season on six occasions. She has also led Chelsea to five Women’s FA Cup titles and won two FA Women’s League Cup trophies during her 11-year spell in west London.
‘Chelsea FC can today confirm that highly decorated Chelsea Women’s manager Emma Hayes OBE will depart the club at the end of the season to pursue a new opportunity outside of the WSL and club football,’ Chelsea said in a statement.
‘Emma joined the reigning double winners in 2012 and during her tenure with the club won six FA WSL titles, five Women’s FA Cups, two FA Women’s League Cups, one FA Women’s Spring Series trophy and one FA Women’s Community Shield.
‘Emma guided the team to an historic double on two occasions and achieved one domestic treble.’
Chelsea co-owners Todd Boehly and Behdad Eghbali said: ‘Emma’s contribution to Chelsea cannot be understated.
‘She has been a pioneer in women’s football and is hugely respected within the game. We look forward to continuing to work together over the coming months.’
Chelsea Women recorded a 6-0 victory at Aston Villa on Saturday and sit top of the WSL table after their opening five games of the season.