Emma Hayes MBE has been in command of Chelsea since 2012, following a stint at American membership Chicago Red Stars. She was beforehand assistant supervisor at Arsenal. With Chelsea, Hayes has received three Women’s Super League titles – together with the membership’s first in 2015 – in addition to two FA Cups and a Spring Series. She is extensively considered one of many nation’s finest managers.
I’m a ladies’s soccer fan at the start. I’ve been within the recreation an extended, very long time and I’ve been determined for the game to get to the place it’s now.
But due to that, I understand how fragile it may be. We have to guard it. We should do not forget that all of the laborious work that has gone into getting the sport up – from newbie, to skilled – has concerned an terrible lot of effort from many individuals, quite a lot of organisations and from quite a lot of funding. It did not simply occur in a single day.
My message to supporters and gamers this week specifically, 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 come back again at the moment, however we’re additionally susceptible to exposing ourselves to Covid-19.
We are each weak and privileged, so now we have to suppose actually rigorously in regards to the choices we make every single day. Our choices have an effect on our workforce and our household.
We neglect how difficult these occasions are. Everyone is human and desires an outlet and a break from it however I firmly imagine that now we have to place the game on the forefront of every thing. There are tens of millions of individuals sitting at dwelling with little or no outlet and little or no escape.
I imagine in a collective accountability. We are all accountable in ensuring the league finishes.
The Women’s Super League is the envy of the world within the ladies’s recreation as a result of the golf equipment, the Football Association and the media are so nicely aligned. Everyone has progressed concurrently and that’s what has contributed to the expansion of the sport. That is all my mission has been.
I’ll at all times bear in mind fondly our chairman Bruce Buck’s phrases to me once I first joined the membership in 2012. He mentioned: “I want to change the pub conversation.” He wished individuals speaking about Chelsea ladies.
That’s what I would like. I do not like small issues, I like large missions. That got here from somebody I respect so immensely. Bruce is an incredible chairman and an advocate for the ladies’s recreation. I’m actually pleased with him.
‘I worth my gamers like they’re my youngsters’
Being a father or mother adjustments you in life. I’m accountable now.
I would like my lasting legacy to be successful, clearly, however I additionally need it to be that when my son goes to look at a match, ladies’s soccer is a alternative available in entrance of him – from every thing he reads, performs and experiences.
But you would need to ask my gamers if I’ve been any totally different since turning into a mum. I believe some would say I’m in all probability extra affected person and a few would possibly say I’m extra weak and emotional.
I care about individuals I work with in numerous methods than I did earlier than I used to be a father or mother as a result of I worth them as in the event that they have been youngsters. I’ve been trusted with the accountability of creating my gamers. I take that very severely. Do I care about them? Yes, immensely. If they’re troubled, I’m like a father or mother.
I’ll assist them, work by it with them and provides them every thing I can if they need it. Am I at all times profitable? God, no. Do I wrestle typically? Of course I do. Do I get it incorrect? Yes.
I care about them and that hasn’t modified since I had a toddler however I’m calmer and extra skilled now.
‘I have fun the achievements of all ladies inside the recreation’
I’m proud we’re in a league that hires so many feminine managers. Other 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 ladies are actually laborious on different ladies. Our gamers haven’t been uncovered to feminine coaches in the identical means they should male coaches. There is at all times a level of trepidation.
Players are sometimes so used to solely having male coaches, so we must always have fun the very fact now we have so many feminine leaders within the WSL.
That contains Manchester United supervisor Casey Stoney.
Casey is a improbable chief who has taken that workforce from one division to the following with an awesome group of gamers. She is getting the help from her membership to have the ability to construct a workforce 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 looking out ahead to taking part in them on Sunday.
They are deserving of the place they’re in. I definitely have fun the achievements of all ladies inside the recreation and I’m proud that I’m part of a league that places these individuals in positions like that.
Emma Hayes was talking to BBC Sport’s Emma Sanders. You can learn her column on the BBC Sport web site and app each month.