Newly appointed USWNT boss, Emma Hayes, downplayed the significance of a salary increase, emphasizing that her managerial decisions have never been swayed by financial considerations.
In a press conference on Friday, Responding to a question about her potential wage with the USWNT compared to her current position as Chelsea head coach, Hayes dismissed any speculation about her departure being driven by money.
She stated that “money has never been a motivator” for her, emphasizing that those who believe otherwise do not comprehend her deep passion for the game and the reasons behind her managerial career.
The decorated Chelsea coach explained: “I worked in this job for £6,000 a year at one point, money has never been a motivator, I think focusing on that would be… I’ve made it clear where I am in my life and I don’t think there’s more to say.”
Emma Hayes‘ position with the USWNT is poised to make her the highest-paid women’s coach in soccer, boasting a salary of $2 million (£1.6m). This places her earnings at over four times the reported annual salary of the former U.S. coach, Vlatko Andonovski, who earned a total of $446,495 per year.
Caretaker of USWNT Twila Kilgore will remain in charge until the conclusion of Chelsea’s and Emma Hayes’ Women’s Super League (WSL) season. Additionally, there are plans for a pair of friendlies against China PR in early December.
However, before these international fixtures, both Chelsea and the future USWNT boss have a WSL match against Liverpool scheduled for this Saturday.