Fans React To The Idea Of Emma Hayes Managing Chelsea's Men's Team

Maurizio Sarri has had a difficult first season in charge of Chelsea but it's all generally worked out quite well. However there's still rumours he could leave in the summer and it's been suggested that Chelsea Women's manager Emma Hayes could take over.

Walking into your first job as a football manager can be a tough thing for anyone. Gary Neville's choice of Valencia went pretty badly whilst Thierry Henry taking over at Monaco may have gone ever worse.

Steven Gerrard and Frank Lampard did pretty well in their first seasons in charge of Rangers and Derby respectively and things could yet get even better for Lampard in the Championship play-off final.

Lower down the football ladder Sol Campbell wasn't given the chance to debut any higher than Macclesfield Town, but he did a fantastic job to save them from relegation from the league.

Phil Neville got the job as England Women's manager without any managerial experience and he'll lead them into the World Cup this summer.

So what about someone doing the opposite and going from women's football to men's? Sunday Supplement discussed that this week and the possibility of Chelsea Women's manager Emma Hayes taking over from Maurizio Sarri:

Reactions were mixed from fans. Many questioned the experience of Hayes, who has won a league and cup double with Chelsea women, whilst others were of the belief that if you're good enough what does gender matter:

It's an interesting argument but with Neville allowed to walk into the England Women's job with no experience in men's football then it's really difficult to suggest Hayes, who at least has experience as a manager, couldn't do a job at Stamford Bridge.

Hayes has even said in the past that she can imagine a time when a woman managed a men's team, speaking in a press conference in April she said, "I can say that Sian Massey is the best lineswoman and linesperson by a country mile.

"I think she's outstanding every time I watch her.

"I don't think it will be long at all (before a woman referees a Premier League game). I think it is only a matter of time.

"As much as it is a matter of time before there is a female coach in the men's game."

That really would be equality between the genders but will it happen anytime soon?

Ryan Sidle

Ryan is a writer for SPORTbible. He covers all sport from football, formula one, cricket, rugby, tennis, athletics, mma and wrestling. He obviously hates YOUR football team and has no interest in synchronised swimming.

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