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Chelsea agree deal for Emma Hayes’ replacement to take over this summer | Football

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Sonia Bompastor is set to swap Lyon for west London (Picture: Getty Images)

Lyon manager Sonia Bompastor is set to take over from Emma Hayes as Chelsea boss in the summer, according to reports.

Hayes is leaving the Blues for the United States job at the end of the season after a hugely successful time at the club.

The 47-year-old has won the Women’s Super League six times with Chelsea, along with five Women’s FA Cup.

It will be a tough act to follow, but Chelsea have found the woman they want to do it.

The Telegraph report that French legend Bompastor has agreed a deal to move to Chelsea, with her assistant manager Camille Abily.

The 43-year-old starred for France from 2000-2013, winning an incredible 156 caps for her country before going into coaching.

She took over as Lyon boss in 2021 and has won the Division 1 Féminine title twice along with the Women’s Champions League in 2022. She is the only female manager to win the Women’s Champions League title in the last 15 years.

Hayes will take over as United States women’s national soccer team manager at the end of the WSL season (Picture: Getty Images)

On the announcement that Hayes will take the US ob, she said: ‘This is a huge honour to be given the opportunity to coach the most incredible team in world football history.

‘The feelings and connection I have for this team and for this country run deep.

‘I’ve dreamed about coaching the USA for a long time so to get this opportunity is a dream come true. I know there is work to do to achieve our goals of winning consistently at the highest levels. To get there, it will require dedication, devotion and collaboration from the players, staff and everyone at the US Soccer Federation.’

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Before that, Chelsea are battling for another WSL title, sitting second in the table, three points behind leaders Manchester City, but with a game in hand.


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