Chelsea Women appoint Sonia Bompastor as new manager after Emma Hayes departure

Sonia Bompastor is the new head coach of Chelsea Women
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Sonia Bompastor has been unveiled as the new Chelsea Women’s boss following the departure of long-time manager Emma Hayes.

Hayes left the club to take up a new role as head coach of the US Women’s national team at the end of the 2023/24 season, bowing out in style by leading the Blues to a fifth consecutive Women’s Super League (WSL) title. She leaves west London after a sensational 12-year spell in west London where she won 14 major domestic trophies, including seven WSL titles, five FA Cups and two Conti Cups.

Bompastor, who enjoyed a stellar playing career and has spent the past three seasons as manager of French giants Lyon, agreed a deal to join Chelsea in April, alongside assistant coaches Camille Abily and Theo Rivrin. It was agreed the appointment would be announced after last weekend's Champions League final, which Lyon lost 2-0 to Barcelona, with Chelsea finally confirming the news on Wednesday.

"I am incredibly grateful to join Chelsea as the head coach of the women's team," Bompastor said. "It is an institution in English football. I will give my all to this new project to meet the ambitions of the club, the staff and the players.

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"I hope to live up to Emma's legacy and continue the work that has been done in recent years. Let the adventure begin."

Bompastor is one of the most highly-rated coaches in the women's game, having taken over as Lyon boss in 2021. Her debut season saw the French side clinch an impressive double, and she has since transformed them into one of the most formidable teams in European football, having won the league unbeaten during her first full season.

The 43-year-old has guided the club to three consecutive French titles and the Coupe de France in 2023. She is the only female head coach to have won the Women's Champions League in the past 15 years and Chelsea fans will hope she can become the first manager to bring European success to Kingsmeadow.