PAUL GREEN will temporarily take over management of Emma Hayes’ Chelsea side as she continues her recovery from a hysterectomy.
The 45-year-old Blues boss will continue to be involved in guiding her side as they take on Everton away on Sunday.
On Thursday, Hayes announced she would be away from the shelter while she recovers from a hysterectomy performed last week.
Green, the Blues’ general manager, will oversee affairs on the field, with assistant coach Denise Reddy guiding the WSL titleholders from the sidelines.
Chelsea will play the Toffees at Walton Hall Park ahead of their first Champions League group stage game against Paris Saint-Germain next week.
Green said: “Emma will definitely still be there. She will be at home and watch the entire training online.
“I am sure that she will find it difficult to watch the games at home.
“Everything is going as usual for us. It just means our leader won’t be there, which is a blow, but the staff and players are experienced enough to get through this situation.
“You know what kind of character she is. She will be called up on matchdays as long as she is well enough.”
Reddy, 52, born in New Jersey, USA, is Hayes’ number 2 as of 2020.
The former Sky Blue FC manager has 15 years of top-notch coaching experience, gained both in Sweden and Denmark as well as in the USA.
Green added, “Denise is very detailed in her coaching, probably second to none in the way she speaks to the players individually and really goes through the players’ individual analysis.
“She’ll be on the sidelines with Emma on the mic in her ear.”
This week, Blues midfield star Melanie Leupolz announced she had given birth to her first child after announcing her pregnancy in March.
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The Germany international, who joined Chelsea in March 2020 after six years at Bayern Munich, helped the club to a quadruple cup win in the 2020-21 season.
That season, Leupolz played 19 top-flight games and helped the Blues win the league title, Conti and FA Cups, and a Community Shield.
And the Kingsmeadow star helped the club reach the Champions League final for the first time in their history last year.
When asked about the time frame for Leupolz’s return, Green said: “It’s obviously great news that she’s been born and a new member has joined the Chelsea family. We are all happy for them.
“In relation to her return, the club are in direct contact with Melanie.
“We are supporting her during her maternity leave so there is no timeline for that at the moment.
“I think you can see from the pictures she has posted that she is in incredible shape and wants to return as soon as possible.
“But we have to make sure the timing is right and the timing is appropriate when she feels ready and is physically able to do it.
“So from our side there is no pressure; we want her to come back when she’s ready.”
https://www.the-sun.com/sport/6447990/paul-green-emma-hayes-chelsea/ Emma Hayes will be linked to Chelsea’s shelter and can follow training online as she recovers from a hysterectomy