Emma Hayes: Chelsea Women’s boss named FA WSL Manager of the Season after third consecutive title | Football News

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Chelsea Women’s boss Emma Hayes has been named FA WSL Manager of the Season after clinching a third league title in a row.

Hayes led her team to success not only in the WSL but also the Vitality Women’s FA Cup. They did lose their Continental Cup crown to Manchester City in March, however, losing 3-1 to Manchester City at Plow Lane.

Chelsea enjoyed a fine double-winning campaign in which they battled some difficult off-field challenges to secure their silverware.

A Covid-19 outbreak mid-season along with injuries to key players made this Hayes’ most challenging season even before the club became subject to unique government restrictions following owner Roman Abramovich’s decision to sell Chelsea as a result of the war between Russia and Ukraine.

Earlier this month, Hayes hailed her Chelsea side’s Women’s FA Cup triumph as “amazing for the women’s game” as they clinched a hard fought 3-2 win over City in front of a record crowd at Wembley.

Sam Kerr’s extra-time winner handed Chelsea their second trophy in a week, after they wrapped up the Women’s Super League title a week earlier.

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Highlights of the Women’s Super League match between Chelsea and Manchester United as Chelsea clinch the WSL title

Speaking after completing the domestic double, Hayes said: “I will look back in 10 years’ time and think ‘that team was immense’, it’s the best team I’ve ever coached.

“I totally understand that we always want to talk about perfection in football, but to be on the winning side more often than not, let me tell you. It’s human endeavor.

“This group, they’re not going to be on the losing team. They’ll find a way.”

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Hayes was full of praise for Manchester City after her side did just enough to triumph 3-2 after extra-time in the FA Cup final

Liverpool’s Matt Beard won the Championship honor having guided his side back to the WSL at the first attempt following relegation in the 2020/21 season.

Hayes was at Grosvenor House in London on Tuesday evening at the LMA Awards dinner where she scooped the Barclays FA Women’s Super League manager of the year.

The ceremony celebrated the achievements of both the elite men’s and women’s managers and coaches with the winners of several other award categories also announced.

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We take a look back at all of Sam Kerr’s WSL highlights from the 2021/22 season

Golden Boot winner Kerr named Player of the Season

Sam Kerr

Forward Sam Kerr has been named FA WSL Player of the Season after a series of outstanding performances in Chelsea’s title triumph.

The Blues won the title by just a point having been taken to the final day of the season by Arsenal, and Kerr played a big role in their success.

Hayes’ side secured 18 wins, two draws and two defeats during their campaign – scoring 62 goals and conceding just 11.

Sam Kerr

Kerr won the WSL Golden Boot for the second season in a row after scoring 20 goals in 20 games, including two on the final day of the season to seal the WSL title.

The 28-year-old has already been named FWA Women’s Footballer of the Year and remains among the contenders for PFA Players ‘Player of the Year, PFA Fans’ Player of the Year awards.

Kerr ‘visualized’ Goal of the Season

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Kerr’s stunning volley fired Chelsea into a 4-2 lead against Manchester United and all but secured the WSL title

The Australia international notched 21 goals last term, but arguably her most important strikes in a Chelsea shirt came on the final day of this season as Chelsea beat Manchester United despite trailing on two occasions to see off title rivals Arsenal.

Kerr sealed Chelsea’s title-winning “destiny” with a pair of brilliant volleys, hammering a left-footed strike into the top corner to level the scores at 2-2 a minute after the break and later looped a volley past goalkeeper Mary Earps after controlling the ball with her chest.

Her second goal has been named Goal of the Season and Kerr told team-mate Erin Cuthbert how she would pull it off.

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Former England international Siobhan Chamberlain says Kerr has taken Chelsea to another level and was key in winning the title

Kerr said: “Everyone thinks I was surprised at scoring that goal but I told Erin, ‘I’m going to score an unbelievable goal tomorrow, I’m going to chest it down and volley the ball’.

“I visualize, but I actually think today it both worked in my favor and not in my favor because I visualized too much in the first half and it was not going my way and I felt tired, I felt nervous. And in the second half we just cleaned it straight.

Manuela Zinsberger kept 13 clean sheets

“I actually visualized scoring crazy goals like that all the time. Guro headed it to me and I had a pop. I did not even know the goalkeeper was out.”

Meanwhile, Manuela Zinsberger is the FA Women’s Super League Golden Glove winner after the Arsenal goalkeeper kept 13 clean sheets, seeing off competition from Manchester United’s Mary Earps, who was three behind.

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