Daniel “Danny” Hay (born 15 May 1975) is a New Zealand footballer who has represented New Zealand as a centre back and captained Waitakere United in the New Zealand Football
He appeared in the English Premier League and in the UEFA Champions League, playing for Leeds United. However, he failed to reach his full potential in England due to constant injuries. In England he is probably most remembered for playing in Barcelona’s 4–0 thrashing of Leeds despite them going on to reach the semi-final. He also he came on as asubstitute for Jonathan Woodgate against Liverpool in a memorable 4–3 victory for Leeds in November 2000.
In New Zealand he played for Green Bay-Titirangi United, Waitakere United and Central United. He also played for Walsall in England.
Hay appeared for the New Zealand national football team, the All Whites. His first goal for his country came against Fiji in the 1998 Oceania Nations Cup in a 1–0 win. In 2006, Hay was awarded the captaincy of the All Whites.
In 2007, he retired from international football to pursue a teaching career at Sacred Heart College in Auckland which also involves him training the First XI and youth development teams.
Hay courted controversy in June 2012 by criticising All White coach Ricki Herbert’s tactics following a defeat in the 2012 OFC Nations Cup to the Solomon Islands. Hay was quoted as saying “It’s a little bit scary that you’ve got one person dictating all the ideas and there’s nothing fresh coming through. He’s got tactically lazy and to play three at the back in Honiara was horrific in those conditions, with the type of players we had available to us.”
Former All Whites captain Danny Hay will coach New Zealand’s men’s team at the under-17 World Cup in October after Jose Figueira was dumped by NZ Football on Friday.
It was announced that head coach Figueira and his assistant Paul Temple had been replaced by Hay and another former All Whites skipper, Chris Zoricich, who will be Hay’s right-hand man.
Hay – who totalled 31 caps for his country between 1996 and 2007 – has been coaching at Sacred Heart College as well as working as a football columnist for the Sunday Star-Times.
Zoricich played 58 times for New Zealand between 1988 and 2003.
“At this point in time we feel Danny and Chris are a better fit for guiding this team for the remainder of the campaign while maintaining the strong link to our teams further up the pathway,” said NZF high performance director Fred de Jong.
“The under-17 tier of that structure is incredibly important with the players coming in getting their first taste of the New Zealand Football philosophy, an experience which sets the tone for their future development towards our under-20, Olympic and All Whites teams. I thank Jose and Paul for their commitment and dedication to the side to this point in the cycle which has seen the team book their place at the Fifa under-17 World Cup in October.”
|1996-1998||Central Utd||? (?)|
|1998-1999||Perth Glory||24 (1)|
|1999-2002||Leeds Utd||4 (0)|
|2004-2006||NZL Knights||16 (1)|
|2006||Perth Glory||3 (0)|
|2006-2009||Waitakere Utd||33 (5)|
|1996-2007||New Zealand||31 (1)|