Meet the Management

First team manager : Emma Hayes
Birthplace: Camden, London
Date of birth: 18/10/1976
Nationality: British
Previous clubs: Long Island Lady Riders, Arsenal Ladies, Chicago Red Stars, Washington Freedom, New York Flash
Emma Hayes was appointed Manager of Chelsea Ladies in June 2012, replacing Matt Beard after three years in charge. Hayes' career in management spans over a decade, earning huge plaudits after leaving her native North London for successful spells in America.

Hayes joined W-League side the Long Island Lady Riders in 2001, for a two-year spell, which saw Hayes, the youngest female head coach in W-League in history, scoop the National Coach of the Year award in 2002. This was followed by a spell at Iona College, where Hayes scooped another individual honour, being named Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) Coach of the Year in 2004, before leading her side to the 2004-2005 MAAC Conference Championships, before returning to English football in 2006.

Upon her return to English football, Hayes served as Assistant First Team Coach at Arsenal Ladies, as the Gunners achieved unprecedented success, winning 11 major trophies during a three-season spell in North London, including three Women's Premier League titles, three FA Women's Cups and the UEFA Women's Cup crown. Hayes' role in the Arsenal backroom staff was combined with her position as Academy Director, overseeing the development of young players at the club, many of whom currently feature in the Women's Super League.

After a trophy-laden spell in North London, Hayes headed Stateside once again in 2008, holding a series of managerial positions at clubs in the Women's Professional League, beginning with a spell at Chicago Red Stars. Her time in Chicago saw Hayes, appointed as Head Coach, assembling a squad of US internationals, as well as established European names, combined with the cream of American college soccer talent. Emma was also Director of Soccer Operations, which saw the implementation of an infrastructure, building the club into a sustainable, professional franchise, before her departure in 2010.

After spells as a Coaching Consultant at Washington Freedom and Technical Director at New York Flash, Hayes returned to the UK in 2011.

First team assistant manager - Paul Green
Birthplace: Carlisle
Date of birth: 25/05/1976
Nationality: British
Previous clubs: Doncaster Rovers Belles
Paul joined Chelsea Ladies in February 2013 after leaving fellow WSL side Doncaster Rovers Belles after seven years seeing the club make the transition from FA Women's Premier League to FA Women's Super League football. In fact Paul was instrumental in the bidding process required to secure the Belles FA WSL status in 2010.
During his time with Belles the club managed to finish in the top four twice, reached the 2009 FA League Cup final, achieved and developed some of the best young players in the country.
Paul comes from a very strong football background, with his father being an ex-professional player, coach, chief scout and football league manager who today is European Scout for Southampton. Paul followed his father into football and signed for Scunthorpe United before moving on Rotherham United. After leaving the Millers Paul played in non-league for Buxton, Bradford PA, Belper Town and Stocksbridge PS before being forced to retire after rupturing his cruciate ligaments.
Since retiring he has concentrated on the other side of the game. He is an UEFA 'A' licence holder. Paul has also been involved in the men's game working as a scout for Derby County, Wigan Athletic, Leicester City, Hull City, Scout7 and Southampton where he was asked to compile player/match reports for them.

Head of Development - Robert Udberg
Birthplace: Gateshead
Date of birth: 27/05/1982
Nationality: British
Previous clubs: Middlesbrough, Carlisle United, Ashford Town, Dover Athletic, Sittingbourne
Robert Udberg is Chelsea Ladies' Head of Development whose primary role will be to oversee the development pathway for women's and girls' players at the club from Girls' Training Centres, Centre of Excellence, U19 / U21 Academy programmes and into the ladies' first team. Having been in post as Technical Director for the Girls' Centre of Excellence since 2011, he will continue to manage player development across the club. In addition, Robert will also assist Emma Hayes and Paul Green with training sessions and on match-days as part of the first team coaching staff.
Robert holds the UEFA 'A' Licence as well as The FA Youth Award and is a FA tutor for FA Level Two and The FA Youth Award Modules 1 & 2.
Prior to his appointment as Head of Development, Udberg worked as Senior International Development Officer at Chelsea FC having spent two years overseeing a male 16-19 college academy programme for the club. He has also worked at Middlesbrough, Carlisle United, Ashford Town, Dover Athletic and Sittingbourne as well as working for The FA as a Team Leader for the Skills Programme between 2007 and 2009.

First Team Physiotherapist – Lorna Collins
Birthplace: Reading
Nationality: British
Previous clubs: Reading Football Club, Reading Town Football Club, Henley Town Football Club

Lorna trained at the University of East Anglia where she qualified in 2007 with a BSc Hons in Physiotherapy. During her training she completed a Sports Injury Module which helped develop her interest in Sports Physiotherapy.

After graduating in 2007 she began working part time at Reading Football Club for the boys academy players, treating Under-10 to Under-21s and for the past three seasons she has been teaching the men’s first team pilates, which she feels is invaluable to keeping players supple and strong as well as helping players to return from injury.

While at Reading, Lorna also worked locally in NHS hospitals for three years before moving onto private work in an Orthopaedic Hospital and then a private clinic. For three seasons Lorna also worked in men’s semi-professional football, covering pitchside first aid and a weekly injury clinic. As well as gaining valuable and extensive experience in all areas she got to work with world-renowned orthopaedic consultants.

Prevention of injury is of prime importance for Lorna and since joining Chelsea Ladies in January 2014 the ladies have now included pilates and prehab programmes into their weekly training.


Reserve team manager - James Lambdon 
Assistant manager - Ken Sauvarin 
Goalkeeper coach - Chris Ramsey 
Physio - Gemma Clark


Centre Manager - James Lambdon
Technical Director - Robert Udberg