Former All Whites coach Danny Hay to leave Perth after links with Auckland FC

Former All Whites coach Danny Hay has parted company with his Perth club after reports linking him to a role with new A-League expansion club Auckland FC.

Perth SC’s statement says they and Hay (48) have “mutually agreed to a termination of Hay’s contract so he can pursue an opportunity overseas.”

Main photo: Danny Hay wearing the Perth SC scarf after his appointment in May 2023. Photo credit: Perth SC.

His departure follows a report by NZ Herald football writer Michael Burgess claiming Hay was ready to become an assistant coach, working for Auckland FC’s head coach Steve Corica.

Hay and Corica played together at English club Walsall in the early 2000s.

Hay left his role as head coach of the New Zealand men’s national team in late 2022, and was appointed to the Perth SC role in May 2023.

Perth president: ‘An outstanding coach and individual’

Perth SC president Jason Marocchi thanked Hay for his service.

“Danny is an outstanding coach, and more importantly, an outstanding individual,” Marocchi said.

“He has put the building blocks in place to professionalise our football programmes at Perth SC.

“While it is sad to see Danny go, we are always proud when one of our own progresses to coach or play at a higher level.”

Hay said it had been a genuine privilege working at Perth SC to help lay the foundation of a wider football project that would stand the club in good stead.

“I would like to thank the board for their incredible professionalism and support during my brief but highly enjoyable time at the club,” he said.

Former Perth Glory A-League head coach Kenny Lowe has been appointed as Hay’s replacement.

“I am delighted to see Kenny Lowe take charge and wish him and our committed young playing group all the best for the season,” Hay said.

“I will continue to support this proud and successful club from afar.”

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