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Emma Hayes has been confirmed as the next manager of the United States women’s national team in a move that will make her the highest paid female coach in the world.
Hayes will leave Chelsea at the end of the season following a 11-year stint with the Women’s Super League club.
The 47-year-old will officially join up with the US in June and will have four matches to prepare for next year’s Olympic Games in Paris.
‘This is a huge honor to be given the opportunity to coach the most incredible team in world football history,’ Hayes said.
‘The feelings and connection I have for this team and for this country run deep. I’ve dreamed about coaching the USA for a long time so to get this opportunity is a dream come true.
Chelsea’s Emma Hayes has officially been announced as the next manager of the USWNT
Hayes will take over the US women’s job at the conclusion of the current WSL season
‘I know there is work to do to achieve our goals of winning consistently at the highest levels. To get there, it will require dedication, devotion and collaboration from the players, staff and everyone at the U.S. Soccer Federation.’
US Soccer confirmed in their press release that Hayes will become the highest paid female manager in soccer, with her $1.3million per year salary matching that of Gregg Berhalter, head coach of the men’s side.
‘Emma is a fantastic leader and world class coach who sets high standards for herself and for everyone around her,’ US Soccer president Cindy Parlow Cone said.
‘She has tremendous energy and an insatiable will to win. Her experience in the USA, her understanding of our soccer landscape and her appreciation of what it means to coach this team makes her a natural fit for this role and we could not be more pleased to have her leading our Women’s National Team forward.’
Hayes replaces Vlatko Andonovski, who was sacked after a disappointing performance at the World Cup in Australia earlier this year.
Twila Kilgore has served as interim manager and will continue to do so until Hayes takes the reigns next year. Kilgore will then resume her role as assistant manager.
Hayes has won 15 trophies in her 11 years at Chelsea. The only prize she has not won with the WSL club is the Champions League – but she will be looking to change that this season. The Blues take on Real Madrid in their first group game on Wednesday.
‘It would be a fairytale to win it, of course,’ Hayes said ahead of the game. ‘But I didn’t grow up liking fairytales – my sister did.
Hayes has won six league titles and five Women’s FA Cup trophies with the Blues
‘I would love nothing more than to be in a winning position with this team.’
Hayes is one of the most successful managers in the women’s game today – having coached the Blues to winning the last four consecutive WSL titles and six in total.
Chelsea are the current holders of both the WSL and the Women’s FA Cup – a trophy they’ve won five times.
She has plenty of experience coaching in the United States – having helmed the Long Island Lady Riders and the Chicago Red Stars at the professional level as well as the women’s soccer team at Iona University in New York.
Hayes is the tenth full-time manager in the history of the USWNT and the second to hail from England. The other was Jill Ellis, who won back-to-back World Cups in 2015 and 2019.