Emma Hayes: Bristol City boss wants equal pay for female coaches

Image copyright PA Image caption Bristol City’s New England Women’s manager Emma Hayes (left) became the first English woman to win the coveted Treble in 2011

Emma Hayes hopes to go beyond her historic achievement as the first British manager to take the women’s Champions League medal back to home soil.

The Bristol City boss was only the fifth man to win the continental trophy with a European club.

The FA have long supported equal opportunity but Hayes wants equal pay for all players.

“There’s never been a representation for female coaches in Europe, and I want to change that,” she told BBC World Service.

“I don’t want to be the last British female coach who is able to travel to France and represent my club in a European final.

“They should pay us the same for playing in a Champions League final. Why is it that we’re the only ones?”

The 39-year-old has previously coached Arsenal Ladies, a side who finished runners-up in the league last season and were the only British club competing in the Champions League this season.

She led Chelsea Ladies to three league titles, along with the FA Cup in 2006 and 2007, and she has admitted that the encouragement she received after returning to English football was crucial.

She started her career as a lines girl and goalkeeping coach in Southampton and then succeeded George Burley at Chelsea in 2009.

Since then, she has also led Reading Ladies, European champions Heerenveen in 2011 and helped steer the US national team to the quarter-finals of the 2015 Women’s World Cup.

“All I had to do was to work, I was at a club which was looking after me and I earned a living from my feet and I got the recognition in England to move on and take a different path. The opportunity that I was given was fantastic.

“When you work with a national team and that environment, the ability to deal with some of the situations and the greatest moments – but also being able to back away and have the best part of two years away from football. You’re ready and I was ready to take on the challenge.”

Image copyright PA Image caption She also won League One twice with Arsenal and guided Chelsea to FA Cup success in 2006 and 2007

Though Hayes is no stranger to the competitive nature of the women’s game in England, she is disappointed with some of the disciplinary actions taken by the FA in recent years.

She also believes that women should benefit from their heroes being recognised.

“Women have a male influence in society and I’ve seen guys like David Beckham and Gary Lineker get interviewed because they’re a role model and they’ve done a good job in the sport and the game has grown.

“I think men should be able to do that for women. It’s simple, let’s give credit where credit is due.”

In the interview with Kirsty Williams, Hayes also discussed how the World Cup is one of the key tournaments to watch in the world of women’s football and also why the usual top sides are being outperformed.

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