Clayton Zane

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Clayton Zane
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Personal information
Full name Clayton Zane
Date of birth (1977-07-12) 12 July 1977 (age 39)
Place of birth Newcastle, Australia
Height 1.93 m (6 ft 4 in)
Playing position Striker
Youth career
1985–1993 Cessnock City Hornets
1993–1995 Adamstown Rosebud
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1995–1998 Newcastle Breakers 70 (17)
1995–2000 Northern Spirit 57 (6)
2000 Molde 14 (0)
2001–2002 Lillestrøm 29 (18)
2002–2005 Anderlecht 10 (2)
Total 163 (40)
National team
1996–1997 Australia U-20 3 (3)
1998–2000 Australia U-23 15 (9)
2000–2001 Australia 14 (6)
Teams managed
2011–2012 Newcastle Jets (W-League)
2012–2014 Newcastle Jets Youth
2014 Newcastle Jets
2015– Newcastle Jets Youth
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 16:47, 20 February 2011 (UTC).
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 17:30, 20 February 2011 (UTC)

Clayton Zane (born 12 July 1977) is a retired Australian international football (soccer) player who served as the head coach of the Newcastle Jets. His last club as a player was R.S.C. Anderlecht, where a two-year-long injury prematurely ended his career in late 2005.

In the 2001 season, he was the top scorer and awarded the Kniksen award as Striker of the Year in Norway. He earned 14 caps for Australia, scoring 6 goals.

Playing career[edit]

Club career[edit]

Zane was first brought to Europe as a relative unknown by Norwegian team Molde. After scoring no goals in 14 matches he was deemed a failure and sold to Lillestrøm. In his first season in Lillestrøm he ended top scorer of the Norwegian Premier League with 17 goals and he was voted Norwegian Player of the Year some weeks later. He was then sold to Belgian club R.S.C. Anderlecht in 2002 where he scored twice in ten games.

International career[edit]

Zane represented Australia at the 2001 Confederations Cup and is best remembered for scoring the only goal when Australia defeated subsequent champion France in the group stage. He scored a hat-trick for Australia against Cook Islands in June 2000. Zane was a member of the Australian squad at the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney.[1][2]

Coaching career[edit]

On 9 August 2011 it was announced that he had signed a contract to be the coach of the Newcastle Jets W-League team. On 8 June 2012, Zane was announced as the youth team coach of the Newcastle United Jets Youth Squad.

In January 2014 Newcastle Jets head coach Gary van Egmond was sacked due to poor results and Zane was appointed interim head coach until the end of the season.[3] The club chose to appoint Phil Stubbins as head coach of the club for the following season and returned Zane to the position of 1st team assistant coach.

Zane, along with goalkeeping coach Neil Young and strength & conditioning coach Andrew Packer were sacked as part of a club cleanout of players and staff.[4]

On September 7, 2016 Zane became the caretaker coach of the Newcastle Jets after the termination of Scott Miller.[5] Zane is regarded as well liked by the playing group and has a "Calming presence".[6]

Managerial statistics[edit]

As of 1 October 2015
Team Nat From To Record
G W D L Win %
Newcastle Jets FC W-League Australia August 2011 June 2012 10 4 0 6 40.00
Newcastle Jets FC Youth Australia June 2012 January 2014 48 20 7 21 41.67
Newcastle Jets Australia 20 January 2014 5 May 2014 12 5 2 5 41.67
Newcastle Jets FC Youth Australia 11 September 2015 0 0 0 0 !
Total 70 29 9 32 41.43

National team statistics[edit]


Australia national team
Year Apps Goals
2000 9 5
2001 5 1
Total 14 6




  1. ^ "The Australian National Men's Football Team: Caps And Captains" (PDF). Football Federation Australia. Retrieved 20 January 2014. 
  2. ^ "FIFA Player Statistics: Clayton ZANE". FIFA. Retrieved 20 January 2014. 
  3. ^ Carr, Matt (20 January 2014). "UPDATED: Gary van Egmond sacked as Jets coach". Newcastle Herald. Retrieved 20 January 2014. 
  4. ^ 28 January 2015 (2015-01-28). "Jets in turmoil as Tinkler wields the axe". FourFourTwo. Retrieved 2016-10-23. 
  5. ^ "Newcastle Jets sack head coach Scott Miller one month before 2016/17 A-League season". 2016-09-07. Retrieved 2016-10-23. 
  6. ^ JAMES GARDINER (2016-09-09). "Zane steps in as Jets get back to business". Retrieved 2016-10-23. 
  7. ^ Clayton Zane at

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