EMMA HAYES quashed any ideas of leaving Chelsea after claiming her 11th major trophy at the helm with their FA Cup defeat of Manchester City.
The jubilant Kingsmeadow boss paid tribute to her players after claiming she was f**king happy with her team’s 3-2 victory.
Emma Hayes and goalscorer Cuthbert helped Chelsea to their fourth FA Cup winCredit: �MI News & Sport Ltd
An extra-time winner from Sam Kerr helped the Blues seal a 3-2 defeat of Manchester CityCredit: Getty
An Erin Cuthbert boomer and a brace from Sam Kerr saw Chelsea bring joy to Blues fans after their Prem side suffered FA Cup heartbreak against Liverpool on Saturday.
And the team claimed their fourth trophy in the competition under Hayes in dramatic fashion in front of a contest record crowd of 49,084.
A stunning extra-time solo effort from Kerr sealed the victory for her side.
Hayes said: “That was so amazing for the women’s game two teams that respect the crap out of each other going toe to toe…we were so gutsy.
“I loved the game plan I thought it was really aggressive, but we had to grind, we had to work.
I’m just so f**ing happy. I’m being dead honest! Those women will go down in history.
“I will look back in 10 years’ time and will be like ‘that group was immense’.
“They are the best team I have ever coached. We have a group of people that won’t be on the losing team. They will find a way.”
The Kingsmeadow chief paid tribute to Chelsea director Marina Granovskaia and club chairman Bruce Buck.
The duo reportedly expected to remain in their roles under prospective new owner Todd Boehly.
And she dismissed any notion of calling it day with the club having led them to double silverware triumph.
Hayes added: “Everyone knows I have a contract at Chelsea so what is the speculation about?
“Is there a job you guys are telling me I am going for that I know nothing about?
“As far I am concerned, I don’t have to kill any speculation, I am under contract and there is nothing to talk about.”
Ji So-Yun made her final Chelsea appearance ahead of her departure from the clubCredit: PA
Hayes saluted outgoing players Ji So-Yun, Drew Spence and Jonna Andersson.
The trio all played their last games in Chelsea shirts sealing their exits with a trophy double.
The Chelsea chief said: “I’m so gutted to lose three brilliant people.
“I’ve coached Drew since she was 19/20 years of age. I watched her grow up and I’m so proud of her and Jonna.
“I said the same thing to all three of them at the end of the game, ‘this is your legacy’.
Chelsea took the lead with Kerr heading them in front off the back of Millie Bright’s curled free-kick in the 33rd minute.
Man City levelled with Hemp walloping past Ann-Katrin Berger before Cuthbert’s second-half thumper restored Chelsea’s lead.
But a late equaliser from Hayley Raso took the match into extra time before Kerr bagged the winner jetting past Alanna Kennedy down to fire home a 99th-minute winner.
Despite the loss, Gareth Taylor said he was proud of his team’s endeavours.
The City boss said: “My feeling isn’t really one of disappointment. Of course, we have lifted the trophy before and wanted to do it again
Gareth Taylor is proud of his team’s recent performances the ‘disappointment’ of their FA Cup loss to ChelseaCredit: �MI News & Sport Ltd
“But my feeling is pride in the way the team has played at times.
“There are areas we have to improve on and there were mistakes made – the only thing of disappointment is that if you give Chelsea three goals you will have to do a lot to win the game.
“We know we have areas to improve but we have a lot of good young talent coming through at the club so the future is bright.”
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