Emma Hayes to Become Highest-Paid Female Coach in World Football
Emma Hayes is set to become the highest-paid female coach in world football after being appointed as the new head coach of the United States women’s national team on a lucrative $1.6 million-a-year contract.
Hayes, the most successful manager in Women’s Super League history, will leave Chelsea at the end of the season to take on this new role, fulfilling a personal dream by returning to the country where her managerial career began 22 years ago in Long Island, New York State.
Her annual salary will be in the region of £1.3 million, bringing her in line with the current US men’s national team head coach, Gregg Berhalter. This will make her the highest-earning female coach in the world, surpassing the likes of England’s head coach Sarina Wiegman and former US head coach Jill Ellis.
Hayes’ appointment is a landmark contract for the game and for women in coaching, as she will be earning significantly more than any other coach in America’s top league, the National Women’s Super League, where it’s understood none of the coaches earn seven-figure sums.
Despite her deep affection for Chelsea, Hayes’s decision to leave the club was primarily driven by the strain of her four-hour daily commute to the Cobham training ground, in addition to the allure of managing the US women’s national team and the opportunity to spend more time with her family.
As she looks ahead to her new role, Hayes is determined to lead the US women’s team to success and is focused on adding to her impressive list of titles, which includes a record six Women’s Super League titles.
Chelsea’s search for her replacement has begun, and Hayes is committed to ensuring a smooth transition for the club before she takes on her new position with US Soccer.
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