Emma Hayes emphatically shuts down AFC Wimbledon rumours

‘No amount of money is going to tempt me away’: Emma Hayes emphatically shuts down AFC Wimbledon rumours as Chelsea Women boss insists she is in ‘the best job in the world’ and is not going to switch to the men’s game

  • Emma Hayes has shut down rumours linking her to the AFC Wimbledon job 
  • The Chelsea Women boss said no amount of money could tempt her to leave 
  • The manager had previously said the League One side could not afford her
  • Hayes also insisted she has the best job in the world with the WSL side 

Chelsea Women boss Emma Hayes has insisted she has the ‘best job in the world’ and that ‘no amount of money’ could tempt her to leave.

Hayes has been linked with the vacant manager’s role at League One side AFC Wimbledon, which would have seen her become the first female to take charge of a professional men’s club. 

The 44-year-old shut down the rumours earlier this week and said it was an ‘insult’ to women’s football to suggest that taking the job would be a step up. She also replied ‘absolutely not’ when asked if the third-tier club could afford her. 

Chelsea Women boss Emma Hayes has insisted she has the best job in the world and that no amount of money could tempt her to leave

Hayes has been linked with the job at League One side AFC Wimbledon who are facing a relegation battle

The coach clarified her comments following Chelsea’s Continental League Cup semi-final victory over West Ham on Wednesday. 

‘Football is for everyone,’ she said after the 6-0 win. ‘It’s not for the privileged, it’s not for the few, it’s not for the elite. Football is represented by a diverse society and within that diverse society men’s football does not reflect the diverse society that we live in.

‘I sincerely hope AFC Wimbledon find the right candidate for their football club. The whole point about them not being able to afford me is nothing to do with money, but everything to do with the fact that I’m in the best job in the world. No amount of money is going to tempt me away from that.’ 

Chelsea are chasing the quadruple and are on a record 33-game unbeaten in the WSL

Chelsea are currently on a record 33-game unbeaten run in the WSL and are chasing the quadruple. Hayes has already won eight trophies with the Blues, including three WSL titles and two FA Cups.  

AFC Wimbledon, however, are facing a relegation battle in League One. 

‘To see the reaction from my end, all I can say is women’s football and everyone who works within it knows the levels you have to produce to be within it,’ Hayes added’. ‘

‘You see the number of sackings that have taken place in our profession this year. It is not secondary to anything, just as we don’t question female teachers differently to that of male teachers, or female physicians. We talk about women in football like we are not entitled to the same opportunity and the same access. 

The coach said it was an insult to suggest taking a job in men’s football would be a step-up

‘My final piece on it, all I want is to normalise the conversation, so if the entire universe is talking about it tonight then hallelujah, let’s make sure we have it more often, let’s make sure that we talk about it without feeling unbelievably threatened. 

‘Everybody has a place in football, and I’ll say it again. I’m extremely happy at Chelsea.’  

Ian Holloway, Joey Barton and Danny Cowley are among the other names to be linked with the vacant role at Plough Lane following the departure of Glyn Hodges.




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