Emma Hayes MBE has been in control of Chelsea since 2012, following a stint at American membership Chicago Pink Stars. She was beforehand assistant supervisor at Arsenal. With Chelsea, Hayes has gained three Ladies’s Tremendous League titles – together with the membership’s first in 2015 – in addition to two FA Cups and a Spring Sequence. She is extensively considered one of many nation’s finest managers.
I am a girls’s soccer fan at the beginning. I’ve been within the sport a protracted, very long time and I’ve been determined for the game to get to the place it’s now.
However due to that, I understand how fragile it may be. We’ve to guard it. We’ve to do not forget that all of the arduous work that has gone into getting the sport up – from novice, to skilled – has concerned an terrible lot of effort from many individuals, a number of organisations and from a number of funding. It did not simply occur in a single day.
My message to supporters and gamers this week particularly, on being accountable with the privileges bestowed upon us, was about not forgetting that. I do know these of us in soccer are extraordinarily fortunate and privileged to return again right now, however we’re additionally vulnerable to exposing ourselves to Covid-19.
We’re each susceptible and privileged, so we’ve to suppose actually fastidiously concerning the selections we make each day. Our selections have an effect on our staff and our household.
We neglect how difficult these instances are. Everyone seems to be human and desires an outlet and a break from it however I firmly consider that we’ve to place the game on the forefront of all the pieces. There are thousands and thousands of individuals sitting at dwelling with little or no outlet and little or no escape.
I consider in a collective accountability. We’re all accountable in ensuring the league finishes.
The Ladies’s Tremendous League is the envy of the world within the girls’s sport as a result of the golf equipment, the Soccer Affiliation and the media are so properly aligned. Everybody has progressed concurrently and that’s what has contributed to the expansion of the sport. That’s all my mission has been.
I’ll all the time bear in mind fondly our chairman Bruce Buck’s phrases to me once I first joined the membership in 2012. He mentioned: “I wish to change the pub dialog.” He wished individuals speaking about Chelsea girls.
That is what I need. I do not like small issues, I like huge missions. That got here from somebody I respect so immensely. Bruce is an incredible chairman and an advocate for the ladies’s sport. I am actually pleased with him.
‘I worth my gamers like they’re my youngsters’
Being a guardian adjustments you in life. I’m accountable now.
I need my lasting legacy to be successful, clearly, however I additionally need it to be that when my son goes to look at a match, girls’s soccer is a alternative available in entrance of him – from all the pieces he reads, performs and experiences.
However you would need to ask my gamers if I’ve been any totally different since changing into a mum. I believe some would say I am in all probability extra affected person and a few would possibly say I am extra susceptible and emotional.
I care about individuals I work with in numerous methods than I did earlier than I used to be a guardian as a result of I worth them as in the event that they had been youngsters. I have been trusted with the accountability of creating my gamers. I take that very critically. Do I care about them? Sure, immensely. If they’re troubled, I am like a guardian.
I’ll assist them, work by means of it with them and provides them all the pieces I can if they need it. Am I all the time profitable? God, no. Do I wrestle generally? After all I do. Do I get it incorrect? Sure.
I care about them and that hasn’t modified since I had a baby however I am calmer and extra skilled now.
‘I have a good time the achievements of all girls inside the sport’
I am proud we’re in a league that hires so many feminine managers. Different leagues do not actually spend money on feminine coaches however we’re doing that at our golf equipment.
I’ve seen through the years how girls are actually arduous on different girls. Our gamers haven’t been uncovered to feminine coaches in the identical means they need to male coaches. There may be all the time a level of trepidation.
Gamers are sometimes so used to solely having male coaches, so we should always have a good time the actual fact we’ve so many feminine leaders within the WSL.
That features Manchester United supervisor Casey Stoney.
Casey is a improbable chief who has taken that staff from one division to the subsequent with an amazing group of gamers. She is getting the help from her membership to have the ability to construct a staff that their supporters are pleased with.
The rise of Manchester United is evident for all to see and they’re apparent contenders for titles, so we’re actually excited and searching ahead to taking part in them on Sunday.
They’re deserving of the place they’re in. I actually have a good time the achievements of all girls inside the sport and I’m proud that I am part of a league that places these individuals in positions like that.
Emma Hayes was talking to BBC Sport’s Emma Sanders. You possibly can learn her column on the BBC Sport web site and app each month.