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League and cup double for Hayes

18 May, 2018 — By Steve Barnett

Chelsea boss Emma Hayes celebrates her team’s win at Wembley. Photo: Catherine Etoe

CAMDEN-born Chelsea boss Emma Hayes had to watch from the comfort of her sofa on Tuesday night as the Blues completed a magnificent league and cup double.

The former Parliament Hill School pupil is expecting twins and is in the last stages of her pregnancy, and was advised not to travel to the game at Bristol City.

But that didn’t stop Hayes from being “heavily involved as normal” as Chelsea ran out 2-0 winners to add the Women’s Super League title to the Women’s FA Cup that they won at Wembley less than two weeks ago.

The players were quick to FaceTime their boss after the final whistle, just giving Hayes enough time to tweet: “Get in. A pleasure to watch that from home. Champions of England, we know who we are. Love you girls x”

Assistant manager Paul Green said: “Emma communicated with us during the game, she was heavily involved as ­normal. I’m delighted for her. It’s a special circumstance but Emma couldn’t be here – she’s done well to get to this point! I know how much time and effort Emma has put in to building this project and this team. I’m delighted we could complete the double for her. She played her part from home. That’s Emma for you.”

Hayes, who won a quadruple as Vic Akers’ assistant at Arsenal in 2007, has now guided Chelsea to two doubles in the past three years. So perhaps there was little surprise earlier this week when her outstanding success was recognised by the League Managers Association, who named her their FA Women’s Super League 1 Manager of the Year.

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