Chelsea Women manager Emma Hayes believes it is ‘only a matter of time’ before there is a female coach in the men’s game

26 Apr

Emma Hayes believes it is only a matter of time before we see a woman coaching in men’s football in England.

The Chelsea Women manager was asked about when we should expect to see a female referee take charge of a Premier League game in her press conference ahead of their Champions League semi-final against Lyon.

Chelsea Women manager Emma Hayes

It was announced on Thursday that Stephanie Frappart would become the first woman to referee a Ligue 1 match when the official takes charge of Amiens vs Strasbourg on Sunday.

Frappart will not be the first woman to take charge of a match in a top European league, though.

Germany’s Bibiana Steinhaus refereed a match in the Bundesliga between Hertha Berlin and Werder Bremen.

England, Spain and Italy are still waiting for a female to take charge of a top-flight match.

Hayes said: “I can say that Sian Massey is the best lineswoman and linesperson by a country mile.

“I think she’s outstanding every time I watch her.

“I don’t think it will be long at all (before a woman referees a Premier League game). I think it is only a matter of time.

“As much as it is a matter of time before there is a female coach in the men’s game.”

Police officers throw PSG Ultras out of Chelsea game for bringing drugs, knives and a knuckleduster to Champions League game

22 Mar

Paris Saint-Germain Ultras brought drugs, knives and a knuckleduster to their Champions League clash with Chelsea Women.

Police officers fortunately confiscated the items before the game kicked off at Kingsmeadow in London on Thursday evening, arresting one individual in the process.

The PSG Ultras wait outside Kingsmeadow Stadium, despite being sent home

The stadium, which is home to League One side AFC Wimbledon, was sprayed with graffiti and suffered criminal damage as a result of the ultras from Paris.

According to BBC Radio 5Live reporter Jacqui Oatley, 45 police officers were forced to deal with a coach load of fans ahead of the Champions League clash.

On board the vehicle, officers found a knuckleduster, a box of knives and drugs. The hooligans in question are banned from all men’s and youth games involving the French club.

Met Police spokesperson told SunSport: “At approximately 08:00hrs on Thursday, 21 March police were called to reports of a group of Paris St Germain (PSG) supporters causing criminal damage at Kingsmeadow Stadium in Kingston.

PSG ultras were met by a strong police presence ahead of their side’s game against Chelsea Women

“Officers attended but all those involved had left the scene.

“Later in the day, officers were made aware of sporadic instances of disorder involving PSG supporters at both Waterloo and Wimbledon stations.

“Those involved were identified and when they attended Kingsmeadow Stadium this evening they were stopped.

“A coach they travelled in was searched and weapons, including knives and knuckle dusters, were recovered along with class A drugs.

“One man from the coach was arrested for possession of class A drugs and the remaining passengers were escorted from the area by police.

“Enquiries continue.”

Chelsea ‘should swap Maurizio Sarri for Women’s team boss Emma Hayes’, say talkSPORT hosts Paul Hawksbee and Andy Jacobs

19 Feb

Chelsea have been told to complete a ground-breaking manager swap, trading under-fire Maurizio Sarri for Chelsea Women’s team boss Emma Hayes.

talkSPORT host Andy Jacobs launched into his latest anti-Sarri rant on Tuesday after the Blues were knocked out of the FA Cup fifth round by Manchester United.

Passionate Chelsea fan Jacobs, like many of the supporters at Stamford Bridge, has called for a change at the top after yet another dismal performance against one of their top rivals.

Chelsea look on as Paul Pogba scored Manchester United’s second goal at Stamford Bridge

Jacobs accused Sarri of making Chelsea ‘like a relegation team’ due to their lack of confidence and said he is baffled the Italian doesn’t appear to know how to fix his side’s problems despite them appearing blindingly obvious.

Speaking on Tuesday’s Hawksbee and Jacobs show, the fuming talkSPORT host said: “After every game Chelsea lose, the pundits will say the other manager has really sussed out how to play against Chelsea, but it’s not that difficult is it? It’s really, really easy to stop Chelsea, as you can see.

“As soon as the goal goes in, Chelsea are like a relegation team, they’ve got no confidence. They just collapse and they know the manager will do nothing to change it.

Is time up for Maurizio Sarri at Chelsea?

“This bloke, Sarri, just keeps doing the same thing. It’s the Einstein theory of insanity, doing the same thing over and over and expecting something different. It’s never going to be different.

“It’s quite hard to speak about this fella on air without swearing or being abusive, because he is absolutely hopeless in my view.

“For starters, if any manager in the universe came into Chelsea, the first thing they would do is play Kante in their proper position.”

But Jacobs and fellow host Paul Hawksbee believe they have found the solution to Chelsea’s woes – Emma Hayes.

The experienced London-born coach has led Chelsea Women to two league and cup doubles since she took over in 2012, and they are firmly in the hunt for another Women’s Super League title this season.

Hayes and her Chelsea team celebrate their 2018 Women’s FA Cup victory

“We’ve got a theory,” Paul Hawksbee added.

“Chelsea do have a very, very good manager, someone who manages people well and is very highly thought of already in their midst…”

Jacobs continued: “Yes, Emma Hayes. I rate her.

“I would do a job swap. Would Emma Hayes do a worse job than Sarri? She wouldn’t. She’d do a better job.”

Although Paul added: “It wouldn’t be fair on the women’s team, though, would it.”