WOMEN’S professional football manager Emma Hayes will work as a pundit for ITV during their coverage of this summer’s European Championships.
The 44-year-old has been the manager of Chelsea women since 2012, winning the Super League four times in that period.
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Hayes joins ITV’s studio team alongside former Chelsea Women’s colleague Eni Aluko, as well as the likes of Ian Wright, Roy Keane, Gary Neville, Patrick Vieira and Ashley Cole.
Aluko and Hayes won three WSL titles together (2015, 2017, 2018), as well the Women’s FA Cup twice in 2015 and 2018.
What teams has Emma Hayes managed?
- 2001-2003 – Long Island Lady Riders
- 2003-2006 – Iona College
- 2006-2008 – Arsenal Ladies (assistant)
- 2008-2010 – Chicago Red Stars
- 2012 – Chelsea Women
As well as winning the 2020-21 WSL, Hayes reached the Champions League final with Chelsea this season and in doing so became the first female manager to reach the Champions League final in twelve years.
The fairytale story was not to be though, with Chelsea going down 4-0 to Barcelona Femeni in May.
After the defeat, Russian billionaire Abramovich made a rare appearance in the Chelsea dressing room as he consoled the players and manager Emma Hayes.
Abramovich is almost never seen visiting the players after games as he has taken a much quieter approach to his ownership role in recent years.
And Hayes explained how she told Abramovich that her side remain hungry for European glory despite the thrashing they had just experienced.
She said: “Our owner came in to see us, and all the girls were very quick to tell him that we’ll be back here and we’ll work hard on the training pitch to make sure we do that.
“If I know this group well enough I know that they mean those words. This is just another step in our journey.”
The ITV team, which includes Hayes, are set live broadcast nineteen Group Stage games at Euro 2020, the first of which is the Group B clash between Belgium and Russia in St. Petersburg on June 12.
The tournament itself gets underway on June 11, as Turkey take on Italy at the Stadio Olimpico in Rome.