Chelsea star Sam Kerr insists she has ‘nothing to say’ to those who doubted her

Chelsea star Sam Kerr insists she has ‘nothing to say’ to those who doubted her after putting ‘Wembley nightmare’ behind her to win sixth Golden Boot award of her career to help Emma Hayes’ side pick up WSL title

  • Sam Kerr ended the season as the league’s top scorer with 21 goals in 22 games
  • Kerr scored a hat-trick as Chelsea beat Bristol City 6-0 to win the League Cup
  • She will also look to help Hayes’ side win the Champions League for the first time

Sam Kerr has nothing to say to the people who doubted her. The Chelsea striker ended the WSL season as the league’s top scorer with 21 goals in 22 games, helping the Blues win the title for a successive season.

In March, Kerr scored a hat-trick as Chelsea beat Bristol City 6-0 to win the League Cup. On Sunday, she will look to write her name in the history books by helping Emma Hayes’ side win the Champions League for the first time.

It wasn’t an easy start to life in London for the Australian. She had what was described as a ‘Wembley nightmare’ in the Community Shield in August, wasting several big chances to score, and was forced to come off social media following a barrage of criticism.

Chelsea striker Sam Kerr ended the season as the league’s top scorer with 21 goals in 22 games

But it is now six Golden Boots in three different continents for the record-breaking forward.

‘Honestly, I have nothing to say (to the people who doubted her),’ Kerr said. ‘I mean, they get paid to write headlines and all that stuff and they’ve obviously got it wrong this time so I don’t have anything to say. They can just send me a bottle of wine in the mail now as an apology.

Kerr scored a hat-trick as Chelsea beat Bristol City 6-0 to win the League Cup (above)

Kerr scored a hat-trick as Chelsea beat Bristol City 6-0 to win the League Cup (above) 

She will also look to help Emma Hayes’ side win the Champions League for the first time

She will also look to help Emma Hayes’ side win the Champions League for the first time

‘It did take some time, but honestly that’s the life of a footballer, sometimes they go in and sometimes they don’t.’

Kerr has developed a devastating strike partnership with Fran Kirby, who has been the provider for the many of the Aussie’s goals this season. Such is the strength of their relationship, fans now refer to the duo as ‘Kerrby’.

‘Fran’s clearly shown she is one of the best players in the world. Mine and her connection is just special. Everyone asks me if we train like it but it just comes naturally. She’s just a superstar. I can’t speak more highly of her.’

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Manchester United Women’s boss Casey Stoney to step down at the end of the season

Casey Stoney QUITS as Man United boss after being left unhappy with training conditions, with some players feeling let down by the way the club have handled their presence at Carrington in comparison to how Pep Guardiola treats City’s women’s team

  • Man United Women’s boss Casey Stoney will quit her role at end of the season 
  • She had grown frustrated with training conditions and the structure at the club 
  • Stoney became the club’s first coach when they were established in 2018 
  • She led them to the Women’s Championship and promotion in their first season 

A frustration over a lack of resources led Casey Stoney to quit as Manchester United Women boss.

Stoney, who was appointed as manager when the club reformed in 2018, has been unhappy with the support structure and facilities since the club made the temporary switch to the men’s base at Carrington at the start of the year.

Players were unable to shower in between training and meals before makeshift portacabins were installed while the nearest toilets are a 10-minute walk from their training pitch. Their gym is also in a tented facility.

Casey Stoney will step down as Manchester United Women’s coach at the end of the season

The former England international has helped establish the team in the Women's Super League

The former England international has helped establish the team in the Women’s Super League

Upgrades promised by the club and football director John Murtough have not been forthcoming. The club requested a move from Leigh because they kept picking up injuries on what they felt were poor pitches. However, United see things differently as the men’s U23s have used them.

Players are understood to feel let down by the way United have handled their presence at Carrington and hear contrasting stories from the women’s team at Manchester City, where Pep Guardiola is known to watch training and encourage togetherness.

There is also a frustration at the club’s unwillingness to accommodate them at Carrington on a full-time basis. One source told Sportsmail that a move to Carrington is the ‘million-dollar question’, but a permanent switch is not anticipated for at least another year, if not longer.

In a statement, United said the pandemic has created unique challenges which have affected the usual training locations and schedules for the women’s team at Leigh Sports Village. They added that the club are working on a package of medium-term investment that will increase and improve facilities with the long-term intention for a full integrated approach to the training ground which includes the men, women and academy teams.

‘The nature of the pandemic has created unique challenges over the last year across football and across the club in terms of mandatory protocols around training and games,’ their statement read. 

Casey had grown frustrated with training conditions and the structure at the Red Devils

Casey had grown frustrated with training conditions and the structure at the Red Devils

Casey has led United to a successive fourth-place finish in the WSL but had aimed higher

Casey has led United to a successive fourth-place finish in the WSL but had aimed higher

‘These in turn have affected the usual training locations and schedules for our Women’s team at Leigh Sports Village in recent months.

‘The club has had to adapt to be as flexible as possible in terms of use of ATC and other arrangements and we recognise this has impacted the Women’s team at times.

‘We are working on a package of medium-term investment that will increase and improve facilities for the women’s team.

‘Long term Joel Glazer last week referenced that the club will need to significantly increase investment in Old Trafford and our training complex to ensure that the facilities remain among the best in Europe. The long-term intention is be for a fully integrated approach to the training ground that includes men’s team, women’s team and academy.’

Stoney led United to a successive fourth-place finish in the WSL but insisted she viewed the season as a ‘personal failure’ after missing out on a place in the Champions League, despite topping the table at Christmas.

United suffered several injuries to key players and found themselves unable to compete with the squad depths of Chelsea and Manchester City. The ex- England captain is one of the most respected figures in the women’s game and is thought to have interest from clubs in America and Europe. She would also be a good fit for her former club Arsenal, who are looking to replace the departing Joe Montemurro.

Stoney led the side to the Women's Championship and promotion in the club's maiden season

Stoney led the side to the Women’s Championship and promotion in the club’s maiden season

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Australian soccer superstar Sam Kerr crowned best woman’s player in the UK

Australia’s Sam Kerr is the best woman’s player in the UK as she wins the Golden Boot award in the game’s toughest league

  • Sam Kerr has claimed the Golden Boot award in the FA Women’s Super League
  • Matildas star scored her 21st goal of the season for Chelsea on Sunday
  • Kerr becomes only the second player to net at least 20 goals in a WSL season

Sam Kerr has completed a glorious FA Women’s Super League campaign, scoring a Golden Boot-sealing goal in the 5-0 victory over Reading that ensured Chelsea retained their title as English champions.

The Australian Matildas captain volleyed home her 21st goal of the WSL season in the 71st minute at Chelsea’s Kingsmeadow home on the season’s final day to ensure she won the prized accolade as the league’s top scorer.

Kerr also played a big part in three more goals, assisting on two for her strike partner Fran Kirby and producing a point-blank header which was well saved but fell to Erin Cuthbert to scramble home a fifth.

The sixth Golden Boot for Kerr in five years for four different teams is her first in the UK after a string in the Australian W-League and United States’ NWSL.

Australian soccer  and Chelsea superstar Sam Kerr (pictured) celebrates after claiming the coveted Golden Boot award in the FA Women’s Super League

Sam Kerr (pictured) scored a goal and assisted in three others in Chelsea's big win on Sunday

Sam Kerr (pictured) scored a goal and assisted in three others in Chelsea’s big win on Sunday

‘But this probably means the most to me out of all my golden boots,’ Kerr said, after being criticised for a lukewarm start to her Chelsea career last year.

‘I feel like a lot of people said I had to come to Europe to prove myself and here it is.’

Typically, though, the consummate team player was now more interested in ensuring Chelsea successfully defended their crown as they finished two points clear of Manchester City, who won 1-0 at West Ham United despite two penalty saves from the Hammers’ Matildas goalkeeper Mackenzie Arnold.

‘It’s a dream come true – they’re amazing,’ Kerr said of the star-studded Blues side whose triumphant season may not be finished yet.

While her goals – 27 in all competitions – have already helped Chelsea to a WSL-League Cup double, Kerr is desperate to cap it all by winning the Women’s Champions League against Barcelona in Gothenburg on Sunday.

Sam Kerr celebrates with the Barclays FA Women's Super League Trophy following Chelsea's victory against Reading on Sunday

Sam Kerr celebrates with the Barclays FA Women’s Super League Trophy following Chelsea’s victory against Reading on Sunday

Still in the FA Cup too, the Blues could achieve a ‘quadruple’ of trophies, a feat only previously achieved by Arsenal.

Kerr is only the second player to net 20 goals in a WSL season and has taken over from Arsenal’s Vivianne Miedema, who had topped the scoring chart the past two seasons and finished this campaign with 18.

‘She’s absolutely quality,’ England international Kirby said of Kerr.

‘She’s been on fire this year and she’s a joy to play with. I know when I put it in the area she’s going to score.’

Sam Kerr (left) has completed a glorious FA Women's Super League campaign which has been capped off by claiming the Golden Boot award

Sam Kerr (left) has completed a glorious FA Women’s Super League campaign which has been capped off by claiming the Golden Boot award

Chelsea, who have now won a record fourth title, finished on 57 points from 22 games, two clear of City and nine clear of Arsenal, who in Australian coach Joe Montemurro’s last game in charge bagged the final Champions League qualification spot.

‘When you’re in the midst of it, you don’t really think about it,’ Montemurro, who led the Gunners to the 2018-19 league title, said.

‘But now it’s coming to an end, it’s a little bit sad.

‘I’ll miss being a part of the WSL…’

Sam Kerr (pictured) celebrates after scoring her 21st goal of the season on Sunday

Sam Kerr (pictured) celebrates after scoring her 21st goal of the season on Sunday

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Tottenham 0-2 Chelsea: Sam Kerr brace moves Blues clear at top of Women’s Super League

Tottenham 0-2 Chelsea: Sam Kerr brace moves Blues two points clear at the top of Women’s Super League with just ONE game left… keeping QUADRUPLE hopes alive

  • Sam Kerr scored both as Chelsea beat Tottenham 2-0 to move closer to WSL title
  • Blues are two points clear of Manchester City with just one match remaining
  • A win over Reading on Sunday will guarantee Emma Hayes’ team the trophy
  • Chelsea remain in contention for the quadruple after a stunning season to date

Striker Sam Kerr scored a goal in each half as Chelsea beat Tottenham Hotspur 2-0 to move back to the top of the FA Women’s Super League on Wednesday ahead of the final round of games.

The Blues, who have won the Community Shield and Continental Cup and beat Bayern Munich to qualify for the Champions League final on Sunday, are on 54 points, two ahead of Manchester City with a goal difference of 54 compared to City’s 51.

Australian Kerr put Chelsea ahead in the 41st minute when Norwegian winger Guro Reiten volleyed in a brilliant cross and although Bethany England failed to connect, Kerr was on hand to slam the ball into the net.

Sam Kerr scored twice as Chelsea beat Tottenham 2-0 to move a step closer to the WSL title

The Blues will win the title if they beat Reading at home on Sunday in the final round of fixtures

The Blues will win the title if they beat Reading at home on Sunday in the final round of fixtures

Reiten picked out Kerr again seven minutes into the second half. Her initial header was parried by Spurs keeper Rebecca Spencer but Kerr blasted home the rebound for her 20th goal of the season.

Chelsea host sixth-placed Reading on Sunday and Manchester City visit West Ham United, who are ninth in the 12-team league and safe from relegation.

Emma Hayes’ side won the WSL last season on a points-per-game basis after the coronavirus pandemic brought a premature end to the season.

They are looking to become just the second English women’s side to win the quadruple, with Arsenal achieving the feat in 2007 when Hayes was assistant manager at the club.

Emma Hayes is looking to lead Chelsea to the quadruple after a stunning season on all fronts

Emma Hayes is looking to lead Chelsea to the quadruple after a stunning season on all fronts

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Chelsea Women’s manager Emma Hayes has a coaching ally in Thomas Tuchel

Chelsea Women’s manager Emma Hayes has a coaching ally in Thomas Tuchel… and she calls on both teams to make it a landmark Champions League double against Bayern Munich and Real Madrid

  • Chelsea Women’s boss Emma Hayes has shared ideas with Thomas Tuchel
  • Chelsea host Bayern Munich in Champions League semi-final second leg 
  • Tuchel’s men are also looking to get to their own Champions League final 
  • His side face Real Madrid in the second leg, with the tie poised finely at 1-1 

Emma Hayes has found a coaching ally in Thomas Tuchel as the two highly respected managers bid to make Chelsea great again in a unique Champions League double.

Chelsea Women look to overturn a 2-1 first leg semi-final deficit when they host Bayern Munich on Sunday ahead of Tuchel’s men trying to book their place in a final when they host Real Madrid on Tuesday.

It will be a footballing first for Chelsea or any other club to have both sides in the final together and Hayes says she and Tuchel would not have it any other way.

Both Hayes and Tuchel (pictured) have Chelsea teams vying for a Champions League final spot

Chelsea Women’s boss Emma Hayes (left) has found an ally in Thomas Tuchel (right)

Chelsea must overturn a 2-1 Champions League semi-final first leg defeat to Bayern Munich

Chelsea must overturn a 2-1 Champions League semi-final first leg defeat to Bayern Munich

‘I have always said at Chelsea we always talk about winning in this place. That is what comes with the territory. We do not mind the pressure, expectations, the tags or titles or whatever comes with it.

‘We just know we are a club that wants to be in winning positions and it is great to think both the men’s and women’s teams have reached these stages. That said, we are about winning things not just getting here.’

Hayes has made Chelsea the dominant force in English football in nearly a decade in west London, having made her name as a coach at the previously all-conquering Arsenal.

And she revealed she was only too happy to share her knowledge of the club with German coach Tuchel when he arrived as Frank Lampard’s replacement in January

Hayes has made Chelsea the dominant force in English football in nearly 10 years at the club

Hayes has made Chelsea the dominant force in English football in nearly 10 years at the club

‘I had a lovely encounter with Thomas Tuchel,’ she added. ‘He is an open minded progressive coach.

‘There is a reason why the men’s team are performing like they are and if we can mirror that success side by side how fantastic that would be.

‘He loves our team and knows women’s football. We had a chat about his time at PSG and exchanged conversation in and around Chelsea. I have been here a long time and I am excited about him being here. He is a top coach and there will be plenty more interactions with him.’

Hayes will be looking to experienced players such as defender Millie Bright to steer Chelsea into their first Champions League final with the Women’s Super League crown already all but won.

Millie Bright said 'it would be amazing' if both Chelsea sides made the Champions League final

Millie Bright said ‘it would be amazing’ if both Chelsea sides made the Champions League final

The England international Bright echoed her manager and said: ‘We are all as one as a club.

‘Chelsea wants to be successful and known for winning the biggest trophies on the biggest stages against the biggest teams. We are working together. We do not talk about it together with the men’s side, but we all know we represent the same club and same badge and it would be amazing for both teams to do well.

‘It is a good time for the club but we have to keep two feet on ground and do not look beyond the game on Sunday and getting it done. We are neither favourites or underdogs – the game is there for either team to take. We both have great qualities but we have lots of confidence going into this game.

‘Reaching and winning the final will be our biggest moment as we do not want to be known for just reaching semi-finals. We have the capabilities to go beyond but we do not like to discuss that when we are not through yet. We need to stay calm and be brave on the ball.’  

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England captain Steph Houghton announces she will be taking part in social media boycott

Manchester City and England captain Steph Houghton announces she will be taking part in English football’s social media boycott this weekend and reveals Lionesses team-mates have suffered recent online abuse

  • English football will take part in a social media blackout from April 30 to May 3
  • Players and clubs from the Premier League, EFL and WSL will participate in it 
  • England captain Steph Houghton pledged her support to this weekend’s cause
  • The Manchester City star admitted her team-mates have suffered online abuse

Manchester City and England captain Steph Houghton revealed she would be joining in with the social media boycott this weekend along with stars from the Premier League and EFL.

English football announced a four-day online blackout between April 30 and May 3 involving all teams and players from England’s top-four men’s leagues and the Women’s Super League – as well as the Football Association and the Kick It Out charity.

Houghton admitted that some of her England team-mates have received racial abuse online which emphasises the need to raise awareness and make a difference in today’s society.

England captain Steph Houghton said she will be joining in this weekend’s online boycott

The Premier League, EFL and Women's Super League will do a four-day social media blackout between April 30 and May 3

The Premier League, EFL and Women’s Super League will do a four-day social media blackout between April 30 and May 3

The 33-year-old told Sky Sports’ Monday Night Football: ‘Over the last few weeks some of my England team-mates have been abused via social media and of course you want to protect your team-mates. 

‘The sport is the most popular in the world so if we can send out a message that is deemed powerful, then we need to be together and fight racism in this country.

‘We’ll be joining the Premier League and the men’s leagues in sending out the message (the boycott). Social media is where the discriminatory acts happen. With the profiles we have, I think social media is a big part of that. 

Manchester City star Houghton claims her England team-mates have suffered online abuse

Manchester City star Houghton claims her England team-mates have suffered online abuse

‘We want make a change, we don’t want to take a token gesture. We want to make a difference in peoples’ lives. It’s a senior subject and we want to make a difference.’

Sportsmail exclusively revealed on Saturday night that TV giants Sky Sports and BT Sport are open to joining in with the protest, that will see clubs fail to post anything on their social media sites across the whole weekend.

It means Manchester United’s Premier League derby with Liverpool will see no social media coverage from either side assist the matchday coverage at all. 

Fellow Sky Sports pundit Jamie Carragher also announced his intentions to join in with the protest and claimed the way the European Super League was shut down last week due to public unrest shows how powerful this protest can be.  

Jamie Carragher also revealed he will be taking part in this weekend's social media blackout

Jamie Carragher also revealed he will be taking part in this weekend’s social media blackout

‘I’ll be doing the same thing (the boycott). Everyone in football has to come together. I think last weekend showed how powerful we all are when we come together. 

‘Fans, players, TV stations, that was hit home last weekend. The campaign to saying no to racism was almost forgotten off the back of the Super League. 

‘We all have to come together this weekend on the blackout on social media. It can be really powerful, we proved that last week – we need to prove that this weekend.’ 

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