Emma Hayes’ arrival as U.S. women’s national team head coach in 2024 will certainly bring plenty of excitement and expectation, but for now the lengthy wait continues for fans and players alike.
Hayes will remain with Women’s Super League side Chelsea until the conclusion of the league season next spring, keeping Twila Kilgore in the USMNT interim head coaching role until that time. The 47-year-old Hayes will be part of the staff ahead of the 2024 Summer Olympics in Paris, France, which will be her first major competition in charge of the program.
U.S. sporting director Matt Crocker understood Hayes’ commitment to Chelsea when he helped finalize the hire, but hopes the veteran head coach can begin her role as soon as possible.
“It’s not ideal Emma can’t start with us right away,” Crocker said Monday in a press conference. “But from my perspective, what was important is that we’ve got the best candidate for the long term rather than wrong candidate for short term.
“We’re just again working to final details around her schedule..it would be an ideal situation for her to come and meet the players and staff and we’re very hopeful that that can happen,” he added.
“I’m really, really confident that working with Twila, we can pull together an outstanding plan to prepare this team for the Olympics in the short term,” Crocker said. “But also for this team to start to evolve and develop and under Twila’s leadership to be ready and strong for the long term.”
Kilgore, 43, will remain on Hayes staff following her full appointment next spring. The former USWNT U-19 and U-23 head coach is continuing her interim role following Vlatko Andonovski’s departure last August, recently announcing her 26-player roster for December’s pair of home friendlies vs. China PR.
Retaining Kilgore for Hayes’ reign as head coach was important for the USWNT and Crocker has high expectations for the two of them working…
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Author : Larry Henry Jr
Publish date : 2023-11-20 22:16:14
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