Emma Hayes: Chelsea's Winning Mindset Despite Manager's Departure
|Head coach Emma Hayes of Chelsea FC looks on prior to the UEFA Women's Champions League group stage match between Real Madrid CF and Chelsea FC Women at Estadio Alfredo Di Stefano on November 15, 2023 in Madrid, Spain.(Image-Getty)
Chelsea manager Emma Hayes has addressed the imminent departure from the club at the end of the Women's Super League (WSL) season, stating that the team is "conditioned to win," and her exit will have minimal impact on their campaign. The 47-year-old coach, who has secured 13 major trophies during her 11 seasons in charge, is set to join the United States women's national soccer team.
Speaking to reporters before Chelsea's upcoming WSL game against Liverpool, Hayes acknowledged the unique nature of the opportunity with the U.S. team, saying, "It probably was the only job that could take me away from Chelsea." Despite the upcoming change, she emphasized her commitment to success, acknowledging the constant pressure in football management. "I'm still vulnerable to getting the sack. That's the reality. I manage Chelsea, I've got to manage the team to win," Hayes remarked.
Consistent with her approach throughout her tenure, Hayes highlighted that the team's focus remains on winning, and she and the players are accustomed to this mindset. "I've told you this all the time, I work every day as if it's my last, so I don't think going through this season is going to feel any different for me or the players because we're conditioned to win here, and that's our focus."
As of now, Chelsea sits at the top of the WSL standings, having accumulated 16 points from 6 games, while Liverpool occupies the fifth position with 11 points.