26 March 2020

'Life will change come the end of this', says Chelsea manager Hayes

Chelsea boss Emma Hayes believes the women's game will face some 'challenging' times once the football season resumes.

All elite football in England has been suspended until April 30 at the earliest due to the coronavirus pandemic.

And Hayes, whose side currently sit second in the Women's Super League, feels the impact of COVID-19 will be felt for a while after the outbreak is under control.

Speaking on BBC Radio 5 Live, she said: "Life will change come the end of this because I don’t think it is something that will settle even after a period of eight to 12 weeks' quarantine.

"With the women’s game there is going to be challenges ahead and maybe not for the clubs at the top necessarily, but I think there is going to be challenges with smaller clubs around the world.

"Players can’t go to work, it’s not like players can work from home. Yes they can do some gym work etc. in isolation, but when the season does resume there will be a large chunk where some would not have touched a ball."

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