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Emma Hayes gets candid about her tenure at Chelsea

Chelsea manager Emma Hayes has openly discussed her legacy as she prepares to conclude her 12-year tenure with the club and transition to leading the USWNT this summer.

In an exclusive interview with The Standard, Hayes provided candid insights when questioned about her aspirations for a lasting impact on West London and English football.

Hayes said: “Oh gosh — I would have to say for winning first. I always see it as, what do you want to be written on your gravestone? I’ve always wanted ‘a determined winner and good human’. Being a winner matters, but not at the expense of being an a***hole.”

She acknowledged her desire for Chelsea to continue building on the remarkable progress achieved under her leadership.

Hayes said: “We were ranked 150th in European football and are now top three. Hopefully, Chelsea now has the foundation to carry on that legacy, and I feel I have left the blue shirt in a better place.”

Hayes will undoubtedly be recognized as a successful figure, having guided Chelsea to five Women’s Super League titles, five FA Cups, and three League Cups. While the UEFA Women’s Champions League remains the only trophy yet to be claimed, a potential quarter-final berth could be secured if Chelsea triumph over Real Madrid at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday.

Following the clash with Real Madrid, Hayes will shift her focus to Chelsea’s upcoming WSL match against Brighton on Sunday. Eager to conclude her tenure at Chelsea on a high note, Hayes has her sights set on achieving a historic quadruple, considering Chelsea’s active involvement in four competitions.

Ethan Dempsey
Ethan Dempsey
Ethan is a lifelong football fan. When he is not obsessing over the Premier League games, Ethan likes to read fantasy tomes, watch football documentaries and waste hours upon hours on video games.
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