Emma Hayes signs new deal with Chelsea Women

Emma Hayes has signed a new deal to stay on as manager of Chelsea Women.

The 44-year-old has been with the club since 2012. Hayes has guided them to four WSL titles, two FA Cups and two League Cups. They won the Super League title last season after a thrilling battle with Manchester City. They also reached a first-ever Champions League final, however, they were beaten by Barcelona.

Hayes said in a statement: “Everyone knows what this club means to me. The work we’ve done together over the last nine years has been hugely rewarding, full of growth of the women’s game, accompanied by winning, which is one of the club’s key values.”

“I really look forward to keep building on the successes we’ve already achieved and I’m delighted to have extended further. It’s been a year and a half without fans, so I can’t wait to welcome them back to our home and share with them the wonderful team we’ve built together,” he added.

Chelsea director Marina Granovskaia also expressed delight at Hayes’ plan to commit to the club. Chelsea retained the WSL trophy and the League Cup in 2020-21, however, they fell short of adding the Champions League to their trophy cabinet as they were beaten 4-0 by Barcelona in the final in Gothenburg.

That was a first appearance in the final for the Blues – who reached the semi-finals in 2018 and 2019 – and the first by an English club since Arsenal, who had Hayes as assistant manager at the time, won the competition in 2007.

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