Chelsea duo England and Hayes lift WSL awards
Chelsea have won the top two indi- vidual honours in the Barclays FA Women’s Super League awards, with striker Bethany England voted player of the season and Emma Hayes manager of the season.
The pair helped Chelsea reclaim the league title they won in 2017-18, albeit on a points-per-game basis when the season was curtailed. They also won the League Cup, beating Arsenal at the City Ground.
Hayes guided Chelsea to an unbeaten WSL campaign, averaging more than three goals a game and conceding only 11 times all season.
Former Arsenal forward Kelly Smith, presenting the awards in a virtual ceremony alongside Ian Wright, described Hayes as “already regarded as a legend for women’s football in England”. Eng- land’s season began with the 30- yard winning goal at Stamford Bridge against Tottenham in Chelsea’s first game of the season. She went on to score 14 times in 15 league appearances and provided four assists, top-scoring for Chelsea for the second successive season and scoring the winning goal in the League Cup final.
She said: “I would just like to say a huge thank you to Ian Wright and Kelly Smith, along with the panel, for voting me as your player of the season.
I’d also like to give a special thanks to all the fans for voting for me online. It’s greatly appreciated and means a lot to me.” Hayes won the award ahead of the former Manchester City head coach Nick Cushing, who left the club after six years in February, as well as Tottenham’s Juan Amoros and Karen Hills – the only managerial pair in the WSL – Everton’s Willie Kirk and Manchester United head coach Casey Stoney. Vivianne Miedema won the Barclays Golden Boot, having scored 16 times for Arsenal. Manchester City’s Ellie Roebuck won the Barclays Golden Glove after 10 clean sheets.
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