Former Manchester United coach Casey Stoney has pulled out of the race to replace Emma Hayes at Chelsea.
Former Lionesses star Casey Stoney was linked with Chelsea job in recent weeks but has now pulled out of the race to replace Emma Hayes. According to The Times, Stoney wants to stay with the San Diego Wave and is not interested in joining Chelsea.
The 41-year-old Stoney headed to the USA after leaving Manchester United and led NWSL side San Diego Wave to their first NWSL Shield in 2023. Stoney, who played in 130 matches for England during her playing career, has been tipped to manage her national team one day.
Chelsea head coach Emma Hayes has announced she will leave the club after 12 years to become coach of the United States women’s national team in the summer. Elisabet Gunnarsdottir, who coached Swedish side Kristianstads DFF from 2009 to 2023, and Seattle Reign coach Laura Harvey also have been linked with Chelsea.
Former Arsenal manager Harvey recently indicated that she is happy with her job in the USA.
In a recent interview, 43-year-old Harvey said: “It is always nice to feel like you are wanted, but my home is in Seattle right now.”
At the moment, Elisabet Gunnarsdottir is the favorite to replace Hayes, but Aston Villa manager Carla Ward and Hayes’s former assistant Tanya Oxtoby have also been considered.