Emma Hayes announced her departure from Chelsea Women’s team at the end of the season after their big win over Aston Villa on Saturday, 4 November 2023.
The win sees Hayes’ team back on top of the Women’s Super League (WSL) standings.
Since the announcement her departure, reports have emerged linking Hayes to a move to the US Women’s National Soccer Team (USWNT), where she is set to replace current USWNT coach, Twila Kilgore, who took over from Vlatko Andonovski, and who left his position after the USA were knocked out of the Women’s World Cup during the round of 16, when they lost to Sweden.
In a joint statement co-sporting directors Laurence Stewart and Paul Winstanley said on chelseafc.com that Hayes has left a legacy at the London club.
“Emma has been one of the biggest drivers of change in women’s football. Her achievements at Chelsea are unrivalled and will live in the club’s history forever.”
“Given everything she has contributed to Chelsea in over a decade with the club, and the legacy she leaves behind, we would never stand in her way when she felt it was the right time to pursue a new challenge.“Chelsea Women FC Co-Sporting Directors, Laurence Stewart and Paul Winstanley
“We are pleased that she will remain with the club for the remainder of the season to give us the time to identify her successor.
“There will be plenty of time to celebrate Emma’s many achievements at the club and to give her the farewell she deserves, but for now, as she always has been, Emma will be solely focused on making this season as successful as possible for Chelsea.”
If reports are to be believed Hayes is set for a lucrative move to the US national team where it has been reported that she will become the highest paid women’s coach.
This will see her surpass England’s Sarina Wiegman, who is currently the highest-paid women’s coach.
Hayes will leave Chelsea Women winning 14 major trophies since she first joined the club back in 2012. She has won 6 WSL titles. And by the looks of it, they are in line to win their fifth WSL title in a row – Talk about domination!
And if that’s not enough, Hayes has also helped Chelsea Women to a trophy treble in 2021, where they secured the Women’s FA Cup, WSL and the League Cup. They narrowly missed out on the quadruple that season when they lost 4-0 to Barcelona Women in the Champions League final.
It’s not hard to see why she is so highly sought after by the USWNT.
Photo Caption: Emma Hayes announced her departure from Chelsea Women’s team at the end of the season after their big win over Aston Villa on Saturday, 4 November 2023. Photo: Chelsea Women FC on X