Eastern Suburbs has confirmed the appointment of former All Whites captain Danny Hay as coach of its ISPS Handa Premiership side after reluctantly accepting the resignation of Malcolm McPherson.
The club announced in a statement that McPherson has extensive business interests and a young family and was starting to feel that time pressures could dictate he may not be able to do justice to the coaching role. It went on to say he has made the decision now to allow his replacement to undertake the pre-season build up.
Hay, the current New Zealand under-17 coach and head of football at Auckland’s Sacred Heart College, says the role at Eastern Suburbs aligned with his ambitions.
“After 10 years working in the school arena, when this opportunity arose it fitted perfectly with my ambitions to further test myself,” he says.
“The school has worked very closely with Eastern Suburbs in recent years, so there are some definite synergies. During discussions with the club it was obvious we have similar philosophies around the development of young Kiwi players.”
Hay will begin work immediately and chairman Chris Ruffell is delighted to have him on board.
“I have been trying to entice Danny to the club in an official capacity for three years and, with the disappointing departure of Malcolm, the opportunity to have a coach that is both locally based and heavily involved in the New Zealand Football set-up was too good to let slip by,” Ruffell says.
Hoani Edwards, who has coached Eastern Suburbs throughout the winter in the NRFL Premier League, will join Hay as one of his assistants.