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Report: Chelsea offered to quadruple Emma Hayes’ salary to block USWNT

Emma Hayes will step down as Chelsea head coach at the end of the 2023-24 Women's Super League season. (Chris Lee/Chelsea FC via Getty Images)

Chelsea were prepared to pay Emma Hayes a lot of money to stay put. But ultimately the Women’s Super League club could not match what the U.S. women’s national team could offer, the London Evening Standard reported.

U.S. Soccer has approved the deal to bring Hayes to the women’s national team with a salary rivaling that of men’s coach Gregg Berhalter, who earned $1.6 million as of the federation’s 2022 financial filings, the Washington Post reported. According to the same report, Hayes has agreed to a “long-term contract” with the USWNT.

Former USWNT coach Vlatko Andonovski made approximately $450,000 per year, according to U.S. Soccer’s financial filings.

Hayes signed a long-term contract with Chelsea in 2021, though her salary was not made public. While the club reportedly offered to quadruple it to keep her in house, as she has led Chelsea to six WSL titles in 11 seasons, she will make the leap across the pond and up to the international level at the end of the current season.

Hayes, 47, also is seeking better work-life balance, with that reportedly being a key factor in her decision to make the move, the London Evening Standard reported.