Emma Hayes leaves Chelsea, in talks to take over USWNT head coaching job

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Emma Hayes is leaving her role on the sidelines at Chelsea and is in talks to become the next head coach of the US women’s national team, sources told CBS Sports. Backheeld first reported the news of Hayes leaving the WSL side at the end of the year for the USWNT.

Hayes is expected to take over at the end of Chelsea’s season in May. The long-time Blues manager has been with the WSL side since 2012 and has won a number of titles with the club. She is a six-time WSL champion, has won five FA Cups, and has two FA Women’s League Cups among other titles with the team.

The news surprised sources who were aware of Hayes’ name on the US Soccer shortlist and her interest in the position but were unsure of her place among the candidates interviewing for the position. Among the player’s previous contributions to the position was experience at national team level, along with the federation’s short timeline for recruitment, which made things unclear about her standing among other candidates.

Tony Gustavsson and Laura Harvey were on the alliance’s shortlist, but the main point of access was proximity to the United States and willingness to move, making Gustavsson less likely to get the job. Now, with the Olympics just eight months away, Hayes is expected to take up the role amid uncertainty over international windows between December and May.

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