Posted on: Tue 14 Aug 2012

Chelsea Ladies are delighted to announce that Emma Hayes has been appointed manager.

Hayes will now guide the Ladies through the second half of the FA Women's Super League season, which starts with an away game against Doncaster Rover Belles this weekend.

'I'm really looking forward to the challenge here at Chelsea,' said Hayes. 'There is a great foundation from which to build on and it's a really thrilling prospect. There are only five games left this season so we're going to take things match by match but I can't wait to get started.'

Hayes was assistant coach at Arsenal Ladies when the Gunners won the quadruple of Premier League, FA Cup, League Cup and Uefa Cup in 2006/07.

The 35-year-old has since worked in the US, coaching at Chicago Red Stars and Washington Freedom. Hayes then joined NY Flash and put together an experienced squad before returning to the UK earlier this year.

Chair of Chelsea Ladies Peter Steward said: 'Emma is a very talented manager who boasts a wealth of experience within the women's game. Her achievements speak for themselves and we feel Emma is the right person to take Chelsea Ladies forward.'