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  • Updated: May 29, 2024

Chelsea appoint Bompastor as new women's coach 

Chelsea appoint Bompastor as new women's coach 

Chelsea have appointed Sonia Bompastor as its new Women's head coach to replace Emma Hayes on a four-year contract.

Hayes' time at Stamford Bridge has ended and she has begun her new job as the national team coach of the USA Women's side.

Both with Lyon, Bompastor is the first woman to win the Women’s Champions League as a player and manager.

The club also announced that Chelsea Women would become a standalone entity, no longer sitting beneath the men’s team but alongside it.

The club ownership group will continue to be the controlling shareholder of Chelsea Women and is committed to substantial investment in the squad and sharing footballing resources. Still, the women’s team will be independently structured as a business. This is designed to attract new investment and a bank has been engaged to look into potential minority ownership of Chelsea Women.

Bompastor arrived after she guided Lyon to this season’s Champions League final, where the eight-time winners lost 2-0 to Barcelona on Saturday– their first loss against the Catalan club.

The French manager was regarded as the standout candidate among a shortlist of four put together by Chelsea’s general manager, Paul Green, as part of a recruitment process led by Green and the sporting directors. The departing manager, Emma Hayes, was consulted during the process.

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