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Chelsea to announce Bompastor as Hayes successor

Sonia Bompastor
Bompastor led Lyon to Champions League success in 2022 [Getty Images]

Chelsea are set to announce Lyon boss Sonia Bompastor as their new manager.

Bompastor, 43, is lined up to replace Emma Hayes next season but the Blues agreed to delay any announcement until after Saturday's Women's Champions League final in Bilbao.

Lyon were beaten 2-0 by Barcelona at the San Mames Stadium and after the game Bompastor said "it's not the right moment to talk about it" when asked about her future.

"I’m really disappointed and that’s the main thing for me," she added.

Bompastor's assistant manager Camille Abily will also join her in west London.

Hayes, 47, bows out at Chelsea after clinching a record fifth Women’s Super League title in a row after a 6-0 win at Manchester United on Saturday.

She ends a sensational 12-year spell in west London where she has won 14 major domestic titles, including seven WSL titles, five FA Cups and two Conti Cups.

Hayes immediately began working for the United States women’s national team after finishing the season with Chelsea to prepare for the summer Olympics in Paris.