After confirming her role as the new United States boss, Emma Hayes disclosed that Sir Alex Ferguson had offered her advice.
Last week, former Manchester United manager Ferguson phoned the outgoing Chelsea boss after the announcement of her departure from the club.
Hayes said: “We had a chat last week, he rang me, but I was in the middle of talking to Poch (Mauricio Pochettino). Unfortunately I had to tell Poch to wait. There’s not many people you tell Poch to wait for but I did say to him it was Sir Alex.
“He calls me from time to time so I wasn’t surprised. Anything he says to me I always take with such pride. He is a legend of the game and someone whose opinion I value and he has a love of America,” Hayes added.
“We talked a little bit about that, a little bit about legacy, a little bit about leaving at the top. So there were wise words from him. I’m sure it won’t be the last phone call I get from him this season.”
Having secured the Chelsea job in the summer of 2012, Hayes has steered the club to six WSL titles, five FA Cups, and two League Cups. This impressive collection includes two league and FA Cup doubles, as well as one domestic treble. Additionally, they were runners-up in the Champions League in 2021.
Emma Hayes has received the WSL manager of the season award six times and earned the title of FIFA’s women’s manager of the year in 2021.