Chelsea: Emma Hayes one of six trustees in charge after Roman Abramovich's departure

Emma Hayes

Emma Hayes is one of six trustees who have been left in charge of Chelsea, following Roman Abramovich’s statement announcing he is stepping away from the club. 

On Saturday evening, Abramovich confirmed he is “giving trustees of Chelsea’s charitable foundation the stewardship and care” of the club. 

This decision comes amid Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and Abramovich’s relationship with Russian President Vladimir Putin. 

The statement read: “During my nearly 20-year ownership of Chelsea FC, I have always viewed my role as a custodian of the Club, whose job it is ensuring that we are as successful as we can be today, as well as build for the future, while also playing a positive role in our communities.

“I have always taken decisions with the Club’s best interest at heart. I remain committed to these values. That is why I am today giving trustees of Chelsea’s charitable Foundation the stewardship and care of Chelsea FC.

“I believe that currently, they are in the best position to look after the interests of the Club, players, staff, and fans.”

Emma Hayes

Who are the trustees? 

Hayes has been manager of Chelsea’s women’s team since 2012 and has won four Women’s Super League titles, three FA Cups and two League Cups during her time in charge of the club.

The English coach, who was previously the assistant manager at Arsenal ladies, was awarded an OBE in the 2022 New Year’s Honours list for her services to association football. 

Hayes also served as a pundit at last year’s European Championships and became a key part of ITV’s coverage of the event. 

Other trustees include chairman Bruce Buck, and John Devine ––  a partner in the sports team at law firm Muckle LLP.

Piarra Powar, Paul Ramos and Sir Hugh Robertson make up the rest of the six. 

Powar is the executive director of the anti-discrimination and social inclusion network FARE. He is also the former chief executive of Kick it Out. 

Meanwhile, Ramos has been with Chelsa since 2001 and became head of finance in 2018. 

Bruce Buck

Robertson is well known for being the vice-chair of the British Olympic Association and the former Conservative Minister sport and the Olympics. 

He was the MP for Faversham and Mid Kent for 14 years and joined Chelsea’s Board of Trustees in 2016. 

How much responsibility will Hayes have? 

It is unclear at this stage exactly what Hayes’ role will entail. 

Emma Hayes has praised Thomas Tuchel since he joined Chelsea in January

For now, her focus will likely remain on managing the women’s team and attempting to guide them to a third successive WSL title. 

The Blues thrashed Leicester 7-0 in the Women’s FA Cup yesterday to progress to the quarter-finals.

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