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Emma Hayes: Chelsea boss to take charge of USA women when WSL season ends

Emma Hayes on the touchline of a Chelsea game
Hayes has spent her entire WSL managerial career at Chelsea

Chelsea boss Emma Hayes has been named the new manager of the United States women’s national team and will take charge when the Women’s Super League season ends in May.

The Blues announced on Saturday that Hayes would pursue “a new opportunity outside the WSL and club football”.

Hayes, 47, who started her managerial career in the USA, has won 13 major trophies since joining the WSL in 2012.

She said the feelings she has for the US team and the country “run deep.”

“This is a huge honour to be given the opportunity to coach the most incredible team in world football history,” she added.

“I’ve dreamed about coaching the USA for a long time so to get this opportunity is a dream come true.

“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 US Soccer Federation.”

US Soccer president Cindy Parlow called Hayes a “fantastic leader” and a “world class coach who sets high standards for herself and for everyone around her”.

“She has tremendous energy and an insatiable will to win,” said Parlow.

“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 will take over after she finishes with Chelsea, with the WSL season ending on 18 May 2024, while the Women’s Champions League final takes place on 25 May.

She will then join up with the national side two months before the start of the 2024 Olympic Games in Paris.

Interim head coach Twila Kilgore will continue in her role and then join Hayes’ staff full-time as an assistant coach.

More to follow.

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