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:
COULD HAYES MANAGE CHELSEA MEN?- Sunday Supplement (@SundaySupp) May 19, 2019
Chelsea Women's coach Emma Hayes has been linked with the men's job, should Maurizio Sarri leave this summer.
Could you see that happening? Or what would it take for a female coach to lead a top men's side in England? pic.twitter.com/FUaV2oSxZN
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:
She might be a great Coach for a womens Team but with all due respect to that Team, the difference in quality to the mens PL is massive. Thats like taking someone from the League 1 and making him Chelsea Coach. She needs some experience in mens Football before the Chelsea job- Pascal Hecker (@pascalhe99) May 19, 2019
Frank Lampard on the other hand...- Stuart James Quigley (@sqstudios) May 19, 2019
Could she? Absolutely. Will it happen? I doubt it. Emma has spoken about this on @OffsideRulePod I believe the best person for the job should be given it irrespective of age, sex, colour etc. I also know the first female would be under so much scrutiny. Would be tough- Alison Bender (@alibendertv) May 19, 2019
Yeah no. Look I'm sure Hayes would be a good head coach. But this would be a gimmick by Chelsea, appealing to the sjws of the world. But at the end of the day, Chelsea need to rediscover what made them brilliant. This ain't it- Daniel Hogge (@Hoggester) May 19, 2019
100% she is brilliant- Lee McQueen (@LeeMcQueen) May 19, 2019
People just need to skip the gender part and think a bit. Why would Chelsea appoint anybody with literally no experience at the highest level of football?- Tay Fam (@SarriOut) May 19, 2019
If you are good enough, then yes.- Andy :flag_black::flag_be: (@andyat80) May 19, 2019
If a person is deemed to have the required skills to do a job, Gender, race religion etc should not be used as a reason not to give that person the job, so if she is good enough then offer her the job.- chris trepte (@thewingateone) May 19, 2019
What's with all this political activism in sport everyone looking to grandstand. How could you give her the job with the calibre of coach out there. Token appointment :see_no_evil:- Philip Richardson (@philiprichard19) May 19, 2019
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?