Treble-winning Blues chief says OBE for Chelsea’s successes on the pitch came as a ‘huge shock’

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Treble-winning Blues chief says OBE for Chelsea’s successes on the pitch came as a 'huge shock'

Emma Hayes described her journey with Chelsea as an ‘incredible ride’ after being awarded an OBE for her services to football.

The Kingsmeadow boss was among several sports personalities on the Queen’s New Year’s honors list.

Emma Hayes' OBE comes after Chelsea win home treble in 2021

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Emma Hayes’ OBE comes after Chelsea win home treble in 2021credits: PA

The hour for a blues manager comes five years after he became an MBE.

And it’s been a trophy-winning year for Hayes, whose team sealed a home treble after a 3-0 win over Arsenal in the Women’s FA Cup final in December.

The 44-year-old Chelsea chief said: “It was a huge shock to hear that I have been awarded an OBE.

“It has been an incredible ride so far, turning from an amateur outfit to one of the top five clubs in Europe and I hope we have helped pave the way for generations to come.

“I couldn’t have done it without the support, and I will be forever grateful to each and every one of them.

“It is an incredible honor for me and my family and a privilege that I take very seriously.

“I want to thank everyone who has worked with me throughout my career.

“I am fortunate and extremely fortunate to have represented a fantastic football club and an amazing group of people over the past ten years.”

Hayes’ OBE came in a year in which Chelsea claimed their fourth WSL crown and a second Conti Cup, in addition to their third FA Cup.

And the club reached their first Champions League final before losing 4–0 to Catalan giants Barcelona.

The Blues also scored a 33-game unbeaten run in the WSL, breaking the previous record set by Manchester City in 2017 for 32 matches without a loss.

His run, which ended with a home loss to Brighton, saw Hayes named as the Barclays WSL Manager of the Season in May.

Former Lionesses captain Sheila Parker honored for her services to football

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Former Lionesses captain Sheila Parker honored for her services to footballcredit: PA: Ampix Sport

And it was two months before the Camden-born coach, who took charge of Chelsea in 2012, signed a new deal to extend his reign.

Other football figures honored include Sheila Parker who left the England women’s team in their official match in 1972.

The former Preston centre-back, 74, who led the team to a 3-2 win against Scotland that year, has been made an MBE for his services to football and charity.

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