Chelsea set to announce Bompastor as Hayes successor


Chelsea are set to announce Lyon boss Sonia Bompastor as their new manager after this weekend’s Champions League final.

Bompastor, 43, is slated to replace Emma Hayes next season but hopes to conclude her tenure at Lyon on a high note in the Champions League final against Barcelona on Saturday.

The Blues have agreed to postpone the announcement to avoid any distractions before the key match in Bilbao, despite having reached an agreement with the French coach.

Bompastor’s assistant manager, Camille Abily, will also join her in west London.

Hayes, 47, is departing Chelsea after securing a record fifth consecutive Women’s Super League title with a 6-0 victory over Manchester United on Saturday.

She concludes a remarkable 12-year tenure in west London, during which she won 14 major domestic titles, including seven WSL titles, five FA Cups, and two Continental Cups.

Following the season’s end with Chelsea, Hayes immediately started her role with the United States women’s national team to prepare for the Summer Olympics in Paris.