Chelsea supervisor Emma Hayes is to go away the Ladies’s Tremendous League membership on the finish of the season.
Hayes will pursue “a brand new alternative outdoors the WSL and membership soccer”, stated Chelsea.
The information comes after the Blues’ 6-0 victory at backside membership Aston Villa on Saturday afternoon, which despatched them three factors clear on the prime of the WSL desk.
The 47-year-old has been in command of the Blues since 2012.
Hayes has guided Chelsea to 6 WSL titles, together with 4 in a row, in addition to 5 FA Cups and two League Cups.
In 2021 she led the Blues to the Champions League last, however they have been crushed 4-0 by Barcelona in Gothenburg.
“Emma has been one of many greatest drivers of change in ladies’s soccer. Her achievements at Chelsea are unrivalled and can reside within the membership’s historical past perpetually,” the membership’s co-sporting administrators Laurence Stewart and Paul Winstanley stated.
Chelsea chairman Todd Boehly and co-controlling proprietor Behdad Eghbali added: “Emma’s contribution to Chelsea can’t be understated. She has been a pioneer in ladies’s soccer and is massively revered throughout the sport.”
Hayes has been closely linked with the vacant USA ladies’s job after Vlatko Andonovski resigned as supervisor following their shock last-16 exit on the 2023 Ladies’s World Cup.
Talking in August about studies linking her to the USA publish, Hayes advised BBC Sport: “I feel the US has great gamers and maybe the event did not go the way in which they wished, however my focus is on getting house and getting ready Chelsea for the beginning of the season.”
Stewart and Winstanley added: “Given all the things she has contributed to Chelsea in over a decade with the membership, and the legacy she leaves behind, we’d by no means stand in her means when she felt it was the fitting time to pursue a brand new problem.
“We’re happy that she’s going to stay with the membership for the rest of the season to present us the time to establish her successor.”
Former England midfielder Fara Williams stated the problem for Chelsea now’s to discover a alternative for Hayes. “The query is who’re Chelsea going to get to exchange Emma Hayes? It is such a tough job. It’s unhappy that the WSL and Chelsea are going to lose her. What subsequent for Emma? She will certainly be missed from the English sport if she goes to go away it,” Williams advised Remaining Rating.
Hayes began her managerial profession in america, with spells teaching Lengthy Island Woman Riders and Iona Faculty, earlier than turning into assistant to Vic Akers at Arsenal in 2006.
She moved again to America in 2008 to take cost of Chicago Purple Stars the place she was sacked two years later.
Chelsea appointed Hayes following the resignation of Matt Beard in 2012, and in her 13 years on the membership she has been named FA WSL Supervisor of the Season six instances.