After amazing success at Chelsea, is it time for Emma Hayes to move on?
Emma Hayes' managerial career:
2001-2003: Long Island Lady Riders
2003-2006: Iona College
2006-2008: Arsenal Ladies (Assistant)
2008-2010: Chicago Red Stars
2012 - Present: Chelsea Women
Emma Hayes has been a manager for over two decades and has been at Chelsea for over 10 years. During her managerial career, she has had excellent success and she is arguably one of the greatest and most successful female managers of all time.
During her time at Chelsea she has won; (6) WSL titles, (5) FA Cups, (2) League Cups, (1) Community Shield and (1) WSL Spring series. She has also won many individual accolades including; the best Fifa Football coach in 2021, (6) manager of the seasons and (6) manager of the month.
Emma has now won the WSL for the fourth season in a row, and the FA Cup for the third season running. By winning the Champions League, that would complete the set for Emma and her side. Unfortunately, The Blues narrowly missed out on reaching the Champions League final this year, after losing 2-1 on aggregate to Barcelona in the semi-final. They are aiming to get their hands on the trophy once and for all next season.
With all of the accolades and success that Emma Hayes has achieved, the question now lies, where will she manage next?
There was major talk about Emma taking over from Frank Lampard as the head coach for Chelsea men's team, however that was swiftly shut down as Mauricio Pochettino has recently been named as the new manager for the 23/24 footballing season.
Furthermore, there were claims about Emma joining League 2, AFC Wimbledon. AFC Wimbledon released a statement saying how joining a men's side will be a heavy upgrade for Emma and a huge stepping stone in her career. Hayes firmly declined the offer as she stated, "It is outrageous to even compare Wimbledon to such a prolific club such as Chelsea, and it would be a step down in my career to join them."
Emma Hayes' future at Chelsea is unknown. It is looking like she is going to stay at Chelsea as she seems happy and content, but where will she go to next?