Emma Hayes stated the “time is correct” for her to step down as Chelsea supervisor after it was confirmed final week she’s going to go away the Ladies’s Tremendous League champions on the finish of the season.
Nevertheless, she wouldn’t be drawn on studies linking her with the vacant United States nationwide workforce job, and stated the choice to depart is motivated by a want to spend extra time together with her five-year-old son, Harry.
The membership have dominated the WSL since Hayes was appointed in 2012, successful six of the final eight titles.
Emma Hayes to depart Chelsea on the finish of the season.
— Chelsea FC Ladies (@ChelseaFCW) November 4, 2023
She confirmed that she is prone to play a job in serving to to decide on her successor as Chelsea go about their first supervisor search in additional than a decade.
“I’ve been in submit for 12 years and I’ve devoted my life to this place,” she stated. “I drive 4 hours day by day, six days per week for 12 years. I’ve a five-year-old that wants extra of his mummy. Household issues.
“I feel I’ve devoted as a lot as I probably can to this soccer membership. I’ve liked each minute of it. I feel it’s actually necessary if attainable to create a succession plan for me, very like (normal supervisor) Paul (Inexperienced) and I do with the gamers.
“The time is correct. I’ll work with the membership within the succession plan and do every little thing I can to verify there may be nearly as good at transition as attainable in order that my successor can have the identical stage of success I had.”
Only a handful of video games left at Stamford Bridge throughout Emma Hayes’ tenure.
Let’s make them ones to recollect, beginning on November 18th.
— Chelsea FC Ladies (@ChelseaFCW) November 6, 2023
There have been studies that the membership didn’t prioritise tying Hayes to a brand new deal in current months, however she wouldn’t touch upon solutions she now not felt she had the backing of the hierarchy.
“It’s truthful to say I consider in non-public conversations,” stated Hayes. “I’m dissatisfied to listen to issues being stated within the press. I need to be sure I preserve my very own professionalism. I’ve a workforce to give attention to. I’ve received video games to win. I don’t assume something will come between me and the gamers, or me and the followers.
“I perceive Chelsea, I do know Chelsea. That is my membership, it should at all times be my membership. And while I’m unhappy on many, many ranges – I’ve at all times stated to the followers there’ll come that second after I’m sat with them within the crowd.
“What we now have created on this constructing is magical. It’s one thing each participant appreciates being part of. So far as I’m involved, the folks I’ve labored with in that interval have made me really feel the very best coach I can really feel – that’s not at all times straightforward.
“I go away on the finish the season realizing I’ve given every little thing and executed every little thing.”
The assertion issued by the membership asserting her departure referred to her having chosen to pursue “a brand new alternative exterior of the WSL and membership soccer.”
Some have taken this to imply a transfer into worldwide administration is inevitable, however she wouldn’t be drawn on what the following step in her profession may be.
“I’m not going to touch upon that,” stated Hayes. “I’m contracted to Chelsea till then of the season. That’s the place my dedication lies proper now.
“As a little bit lady I at all times thought in the future (a nationwide workforce job) would come. For many of us, we don’t essentially at all times fulfil each dream that we now have. I’d say it would at all times be an ambition of mine to do this.
“I feel I’m simply on the level the place I’ve to think about one thing else, and that’s the place I’m in proper now. I don’t ponder something extra. Taking these selections doesn’t come straightforward.”