|Job||English Football Coach|
|Club as Coach||Chelsea FC Women|
2018 03 31 Retrieve
[Emma Hayes, who is pregnant with twins, talks about facing Wolfsburg in the UEFA Women’s Champions League semi-finals with BBC Sport] I’m not afraid of Wolfsburg and I know my dressing room is not. Let’s bring it on and hopefully I don’t give birth pitchside
2020 06 06 Retrieve
[Guro Reiten: The selfless superstar at the heart of Chelsea’s victorious WSL season] She is growing in stature and I don’t think anyone who knows her as a player will think it’s a surprise. I think she is a top talent. She is a consistent performer and we have to be patient with her because she is still adapting to English football
2020 06 07 Retrieve
[Manager Emma Hayes says WSL champions Chelsea are here to stay due to Abramovich backing] Yes, [Abramovich has congratulated us], I have received some messages from the whole board and the pride they have for the whole team. When we were in Israel with the owner, he spoke so openly about his growing knowledge of the women’s game and his interest in our team. I am extremely fortunate in all my meetings with the top people at Chelsea and the message is always clear that our owner is a big fan of the team, women’s football and he asks beyond our team what he can do for our game. I always ask him to keep supporting our club to the best of our abilities so we can be flag bearers where we can be. I think without what we achieved together, there wouldn’t be this success. Without this constant conversation or evolution, then we wouldn’t be able to win seven trophies in my time. I can only speak positively for what that relationship has done for the team. When I came into Chelsea in 2012, we were an amateur team and gone from there to where we are now which is a key reason we are in this position. Since I have worked with this football club, with an owner who is so supportive of the drive to win. I think there is a perfect marriage of Chelsea and myself for these reasons. I am grateful I have an owner who gets me and while I am here I will always do my best to win trophies for him. I celebrated with the players on a Zoom call, then I sat in the family with my garden and I hadn’t seen the majority of them which was nice. A low-key celebration with the people that mattered most to me. Knowing my team, when we get back, it will be business as usual. I am sure we will do something together when it is appropriate but already after the call we are talking about what’s next for us. When you aspire to something, once you get it, I take it in a lot more as an older person than the players who are like what’s next. They don’t want to spend time celebrating. They want to progress and get to the next level. My captain will put her hands on the trophy first and mine will be on it last.
It is extremely hard to win back-to-back titles in any profession and I have never done that. Watching the Last Dance, I am in awe of Phil [Jackson] and his team. It isn’t easy to win back-to-back and I won’t take it for granted. I learned from the Last Dance that top players drive the standards and behaviours. You need more of these players than not. The more you have working as a cohesive with the team at the epicentre of that and not the individual. That was the making of that team even though they had the best player in the world. I thought it was a remarkable sports series. We have so many leaders, that’s the beauty, I think of how to turn seven or eight of them into 12 or 13 and I have already spoken to my captain about how to draw it out further.
I think we are more joined-up than ever with the methodology and I am excited for Chelsea beyond my time as well
2020 06 10 Retrieve
[Chelsea Women donate £100,000 WSL prize money to charity. Manager Emma Hayes expressed her pride at the gesture] It’s a charity that’s close to the hearts and minds of the Women’s team, and is very important to our owner Mr [Roman] Abramovich and everyone at the club. It makes me proud our club is supporting those less fortunate in times of need. Up until now our involvement was about supporting the campaign publicly with a call to action but we all wanted to do more than that and if donating our prize money can ease some of the concerns and worries people have then it’s the least we can do. It’s an important message. It’s a campaign that’s really dear to us and the best way we can demonstrate our support further is by committing our prize money towards it and helping those in need.
2020 06 13 Retrieve
[Emma Hayes on Chelsea Women donating their £100,000 WSL prize money to domestic abuse charity] It’s an important message. It’s a campaign that’s really dear to us, and the best way we can demonstrate our support further is by committing our prize money towards it and helping those in need
2020 07 16 Retrieve
[Emma Hayes named Manager of the Season] I just want to say a big thank you to all of my staff and their contributions this season. This trophy is about the whole group so a big thank you to the players for stepping up another level and thanks once again to our fans for being the best in the world