Emma Hayes says Mark Sampson's sacking has been a testing time for women's football
By Katie Shanahan
Last Updated: 24/09/17 9:51pm
Chelsea Ladies manager Emma Hayes says dealing with the Mark Sampson situation was one of the most difficult things she has faced in her career.
Sampson was sacked as England head coach after details emerged of "inappropriate and unacceptable" behaviour during his previous role as boss of Bristol Academy.
But, the added strain Hayes has felt have come from the allegations of racism and bullying that were made by Chelsea striker Eni Aluko towards Sampson.
"I won't lie, it's been a very testing time, probably one of the most difficult things I've dealt with in my career," Hayes said after Chelsea beat Bristol 6-0 in their first Women's Super League match on Sunday.
"I think it's a tragic ending to what has been a very difficult time for everyone involved including the FA.
"I hope moving forward that the combination of the select committee and the FA reflect on the whole handling of the situation and going forwards they make sure it never happens again.
Hayes added: "It's been a very tricky case, where there's been an awful lot involved and revealed at different times and because of that, I think that it's best it's left with the select committee for them to make decisions where the FA need to improve, because it's very clear that they need to."
When asked if she would be a candidate for the England job, she said: "I think when you have a wonderful opportunity to work for a football club like I do, with the employers like I have, that have not only supported me in every step of my journey, but they continue to push Chelsea to the heights we have. I have nothing but love for this football club.
"I want to go on record to say thanks for everything you've done to support me and I'll be here for a long time to come."