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Emma Hayes will become the head coach of the United States women’s national team once she departs from Chelsea at the conclusion of the season.
The manager of Chelsea, who has successfully guided the team to six Women’s Super League titles and five Women’s FA Cups over the past ten years, had previously announced that this would be her final season with the club.
Before the 2024 Olympics in Paris, she will complete the 2023-24 Women’s Super League season with the Blues and then join her new team two months prior.
“I am incredibly honored to have been given the chance to coach the most amazing team in the history of world football,” Hayes stated. “My feelings and bond with this team and country are profound. It has been a long-time dream of mine to coach the USA, so this opportunity is truly a dream come true.”
Chelsea announced that Hayes will be departing from the club in order to explore a fresh opportunity unrelated to the WSL and club soccer. The USA has not yet chosen a permanent replacement for former manager Vlatko Andonovski, who stepped down after their elimination in the round of 16 at the Women’s World Cup last year.
The United States of America (USA) came into the World Cup as the reigning champions, but they faced their earliest elimination from the competition after losing in a penalty shootout to Sweden. Twila Kilgore has been serving as the temporary coach since Andonovski resigned, and will continue to lead the team until Hayes assumes the role at the end of the season. Hayes will then transition to an assistant coaching position.
Before Chelsea’s 3-0 victory over Everton, she stated at a press conference, “The timing is appropriate. I will collaborate with the club and put in every effort to ensure a smooth transition for my successor, so they can experience the same amount of success as I have.”
Hayes has been awarded the title of WSL manager of the season six times and was recently recognized as FIFA’s women’s manager of the year for 2021.
At the moment, her team is leading the standings as they aim to win the championship for the fifth year in a row. The Blues will continue their pursuit of their first Champions League trophy this Wednesday when they face Real Madrid in Group D.
PA has contributed additional information.
The source is the Independent website.