‘I Just Don’t Think I Could Ask for Any More’ – Departing Coach Emma Hayes after Chelsea’s WSL Trophy Win

Chelsea Women’s team thrashed Manchester United Ladies 6-0 at Old Trafford, in the final fixture of the season on Saturday, 18 May, 2024, to win the Women’s Super League title for a historic fifth consecutive season. Photo: Erin Cuthbert on X

Emma Hayes was given a fitting send-off by her Chelsea Women’s team, winning the Barlays Women’s Super League title on the final day of the season, beating Manchester United Ladies 6-0 in front of a record crowd at Old Trafford on Saturday, 18 May, 2024.

Mayra Ramirez scored a brace as Johanna Rytting Kaneryd, Sjoeke Nusken, Melanie Leupolz, and Fran Kirby all got on the score sheet to secure the London club their fifth league title in a row. 

Hayes will be heading off to take up the position of the head coach of the US Women’s National Soccer Team now that the season is over as the American ladies look to continue as the powerhouse of women’s football.

“Without a doubt the hardest title (to win) in my time here. When I think of what we have endured this year as a team, the challenges, the setbacks loss of key personnel, and key leaders, the development of new ones, the opportunity for new players to come in, young players, and the veterans to contribute not matter who they were.”

Distinguished Women’s Football Coach, Emma Hayes

“At any point, it’s been a season full of drama, for the league as well as for us,” Hayes told ChelseaFC.com. “But we know how to do winning and to do winning when it matters, at least domestically. To finish my time here with another title, I just don’t think I could ask for any more.”

Reflecting on the season that was and what’s to come for the Chelsea Women, she says it’s been a tough campaign, but she never doubted her players.

“I don’t think we have been at our best, but it’s not always about that, we’ve been transitioning the entire year, and I would like to transition the team ready for the new manager and continue to leave this club in a better place and sign off with another title (kisses winners medal). Chelsea fans have had to endure a lot, for the fans all over the world as always … that’s for you!”

Meanwhile, it was Manchester City Women who went toe-to-toe with Chelsea for the title as both teams were on the same amount of points heading into the final fixture of the season. They also came away with a 2-1 win over Aston Villa Women, but it wasn’t enough in the end as they were behind on goal difference.

Arsenal Ladies were the other contenders for the title but fell off the chase a few fixtures back, but ended the season with a solid 5-0 win over Brighton and Hove Albion Ladies. Given their pedigree in women’s football, there is no doubt they going to be back and competing at the top come next season. 

It was also a victorious end to the season for the Liverpool Women, who sealed a 4-0 win over Leicester City Ladies to bring a close to a successful campaign for the Merseyside club. 

Speaking on LFC.com, LFC women’s coach Matt Beard says the team’s improvement has been clear the see this season. “This is a tough place to come. We know that better than anyone after last year. But we looked at their record, I think they’ve won one here all season, so we knew that they were vulnerable. 

“I think if you look at goals three and four, I think [that] summed it up. But what a great performance [and] what a great season. (It’s) an emotional day saying goodbye to the ones that are going, but to be able to celebrate with everyone there, (it’s been) a fantastic season. We’re pleased.”

Manchester United Ladies would have wanted to finish higher up the table this season but managed to secure fifth place. The league season might not have gone their way, but their Women’s FA Cup title a week ago places their reputation beyond question. 

Manager Marc Skinner, speaking by video with manned.com, said that losing to Chelsea on the final day of the season was not what he wanted after their big win a week prior. 

“We fell way short of our best today and you need to be at your best to beat Chelsea. We fell way short in our duelling, I felt that they were physically more dominant than us, and we have to win over individual duals. The players didn’t take it lightly, but Chelsea had everything to fight for and we just couldn’t match that physicality.”

On the other end of the table, Bristol City’s relegation was confirmed a while ago, in a sad end for the club recently promoted to top-flight football. 


Main Photo Caption: Chelsea Women’s team thrashed Manchester United Ladies 6-0 at Old Trafford, in the final fixture of the season on Saturday, 18 May, 2024, to win the Women’s Super League title for a historic fifth consecutive season. Photo: Erin Cuthbert on X

Photo 2 Caption: The incredibly accomplished Emma Hayes and the Chelsea Women’s showcase during their years together. PhotoChelsea Women FC

Photo 3 Caption: Mayra Ramirez scored a brace as Johanna Rytting Kaneryd, Sjoeke Nusken, Melanie Leupolz, and Fran Kirby all got on the score sheet. PhotoChelsea Women FC

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