Emma Hayes has now become a role model for the next generation of female coaches, according to FA Director Kelly Simmons.
Chelsea Ladies boss Hayes, who last season was the only female boss in the WSL1, guided her team to a domestic double as Chelsea lifted both the FA Cup and the WSL title.
And Simmons, who is the FA Director of Participation and Development, has said that the 38-year old is an inspiration to female coaches:
“A number of England players who are coming towards the end of their career are getting their qualifications,” Simmons told BBC Sport.
“I’m sure Emma’s success will only inspire them further.
“The big difference now is that those players can see that there’s a profession in coaching, that there’s a career pathway.”
Any manager hoping to manage a WSL1 team must have a UEFA “A” coaching license. But, of the 1,379 people in the country who hold this qualification, only 26 are female.
“The most important thing is that the women’s game gets the best coaches, but it’s also really important that we, and the clubs, develop more female coaches.”