Clayton Zane

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Personal information
Full name Clayton Zane
Date of birth (1977-07-12) 12 July 1977 (age 44)
Place of birth Newcastle, Australia
Height 1.93 m (6 ft 4 in)
Position(s) Striker
Youth career
1985–1993 Cessnock City Hornets
1993–1995 Adamstown Rosebud
Senior career*
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 (0)
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 (assistant)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league onlyand 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

Club career

Zane was first brought to Europe as a relative unknown by Norwegian team Molde. After scoring no goals in 14 matches he was 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

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

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 7 September 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

As of 1 October 2017
Newcastle Jets FC W-League Flag of Australia (converted).svg August 2011June 201210406040.00
Newcastle Jets FC Youth Flag of Australia (converted).svg June 2012January 20144820721041.67
Newcastle Jets Flag of Australia (converted).svg 20 January 20145 May 201412525041.67
Newcastle Jets FC Youth Flag of Australia (converted).svg 11 September 20151 October 20170000!

National team statistics


Australia national team

International goals

Scores and results list Australia's goal tally first.
1.19 June 2000 Stade Pater, Papeete, Tahiti Flag of the Cook Islands.svg  Cook Islands 15–017–0 2000 OFC Nations Cup
4.23 June 2000 Stade Pater, Papeete, Tahiti Flag of the Solomon Islands.svg  Solomon Islands 2–06–0 2000 OFC Nations Cup
6.1 June 2001 Daegu Stadium, Daegu, South Korea Flag of France.svg  France 1–01–0 2001 FIFA Confederations Cup



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