Emma Hayes to depart Chelsea after a decade

Chelsea manager Emma Hayes
Chelsea manager Emma Hayes with the FAWSL winners trophy after the team are crowned 2020/21 champions at Kingsmeadow Stadium, Kingston, England on 9 May 2021. (Photo by Andy Rowland)

Chelsea have announced the departure of long-term manager Emma Hayes. The Blues boss will call time on her stay in London at the end of the 2023/24 campaign.

Hayes joined Chelsea in 2012, when the WSL was very much in its infancy and she has guided the team to unrivalled success.

Emma Hayes: An era of success

During her 11 years of service, Hayes has led her side to an unprecedented level of success. Securing a historic double alongside two domestic trebles, Chelsea have become a footballing superpower under Hayes. The Blues have secured 15 pieces of silverware throughout the 47-year-old’s time at the club.

Hayes led Chelsea to become WSL champions on six occasions. The London club have won the league title for a record-breaking four consecutive seasons. The Blues have also lifted the FA Cup five times, alongside reaching the Champions League final.

Hayes received an OBE in 2022, recognising her services to football. The Blues manager was also inducted into the WSL Hall of Fame in 2021.

The announcement followed Chelsea’s resounding 6-0 win over Aston Villa. A brief statement released across the club’s social media and website announced that Hayes would depart the club to pursue new opportunities beyond the Women’s Super League and club football.

Emma Hayes: A lasting legacy

Speaking on Hayes’ departure, co-sporting directors Laurence Stewart and Paul Winstanley said: “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.

“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.”

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