Former All Whites player and coach Danny Hay has been appointed head coach for Perth Soccer Club, the 26-time champions of Western Australia.
Hay (48) has been out of football since leaving his role as the New Zealand national team head coach in October.
Perth SC play in the National Premier Leagues (Western Australia) competition.
Announcing Hay would begin his role on Monday June 5, club president Jason Marocchi said:
“Danny Hay has a track record of coaching success, with a key focus on the development of young footballers.
“Danny shares our values and his approach to football is totally aligned with what we are trying to achieve at Perth SC — success, while providing opportunities for talented and serious footballers.
“We welcome Danny to the Perth SC family and cannot wait to start working with him.”
Hay said: “I am really excited to join a club with such prestige and history in the local game in Western Australia.
“I can’t wait to get working with all at Perth SC to bring the club’s vision to life.”
Interim coach Basil Lenzo and assistant Stuart Banks will manage the team for this weekend’s clash against Bayswater City and then hand over to Hay.
Hay’s support staff will be announced soon.
Between 1998-99, Hay played for Perth Glory before heading to the United Kingdom where he played for Leeds United and Walsall. He had a second spell with Perth Glory in 2005-06.
Main photo: Danny Hay named as Perth SC’s head coach. Photo credit: Perth Soccer Club
Danny Hay’s coaching record
Hay started his coaching career at Auckland-based high school Sacred Heart College, where he led the school to national championships in 2011, 2014 and 2016.
In 2019, Hay led Eastern Suburbs AFC to its first national title in New Zealand in 48 years.
Hay has coached New Zealand’s U-17s and was the head coach of the New Zealand national team from 2019-2022.