Kerr’s Chelsea boss a Matildas contender

Sam Kerr’s Chelsea coach Emma Hayes is in strong contention to take charge of the Matildas.

With FFA chief executive James Johnson reportedly saying an announcement on the new Matildas coach will be made within two weeks, it’s understood that Hayes is a serious contender for the job.

The 43-year-old Londoner’s link with Kerr is considered to work strongly in her favour, as is her club coaching record.

Hayes has led Chelsea to three FA Women’s Super League titles, including last season’s crown, as well as two Women’s FA Cups.

Hayes’ main opposition for the Matildas coaching job seems to be 56-year-old Italian great Carolina Morace, who has reportedly already been interviewed twice for the position.

Morace, who made 150 appearances for Italy, has also coached the Italian and Canadian women’s national teams.

Matildas star Sam Kerr playing with Chelsea. Kerr’s Chelsea coach Emma Hayes is a contender for the vacant Matildas job. Picture: Lewis Storey/Getty ImagesSource:Getty Images

Arsenal women’s coach, Melbourne-born Joe Montemurro, is also in contention for the Matildas position.

Among those on the FFA’s coaching selection panel are Mark Bresciano, Amy Duggan, Remo Nogarotto, Sarah Walsh and technical director Trevor Morgan.

The Matildas coaching job was vacated in July by Ante Milicic, who honoured his existing deal with A-League newcomers Macarthur FC despite being offered the chance to continue with the Matildas through to the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup in Australia and New Zealand.

After Milicic’s exit, Johnson said his successor had to take the Matildas “to the next level”.

“If we want to be the best in the world, we will need to consider the best in the world,” Johnson said.

“The Matildas mean a lot to all Australians and have the ability to unite the nation, so appointing a coach who believes in both the on and off-field vision for the Matildas will be paramount.”

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