Michael McGlinchey signing a total balls up

12:13, Jun 10 2014
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Phoenix players are distraught after Brisbane Roar scored a late winner.
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Carlos Hernandez (left) avoids a high foot from Roar player Jack Hingert.
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Fans show their support for the Wellington Phoenix at the opening game of the season.
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Steyn Huysegems celebrates after scoring the opening goal of the season for Wellington Phoenix.
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Carlos Hernandez (right) competes with Mateo Poljak of the Western Sydney Wanderers for the ball.
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Wellington Phoenix players celebrate after Jeremy Brockie scored the equalising goal against Western Sydney Wanderers.
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Jeremy Brockie celebrates after scoring the equalising goal against Western Sydney Wanderers.
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Manny Muscat (right) of the Phoenix appeals to the referee after a heavy clash with Aaron Mooy of the Wanderers.
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Phoenix fans were out in force at the home game away from home in Napier.
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Manny Muscat is tackled by Josh Brillante of the Newcastle Jets.
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Jeremy Brockie breaks away from Andrew Hoole.
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Ben Sigmund and Ruben Zadkovich compete for the ball.
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James Troisi of the Victory gets past Andrew Durante in Melbourne.
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Carlos Hernandez kicks a corner for the Phoenix against Melbourne Victory at Etihad Stadium.
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Louis Fenton of the Phoenix and Archie Thompson of the Victory contest for the ball.
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Reece Caira encounters a feathered opponent at Etihad Stadium in Melbourne.
Jeremy Brockie
Jeremy Brockie plays the ball on a side-foot volley.
Carlos Hernandez and Jeremy Brockie
Carlos Hernandez and Jeremy Brockie try to convince referee Alan Millier.
Vince Lia
Phoenix midfielder Vince Lia gets mocked by Perth's Steve Pantelides and Jacob Burns.
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The Wellington Phoenix interacts with young fans in Christchurch.
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Wellington Phoenix fans watch on as the Perth Glory attack.
Ben Sigmund
Ben Sigmund (right) battles with Michael Thwaite as they await a cross.
Andrew Durante
Andrew Durante competes for the ball with Perth's Ryan Edwards.
Stein Huysegems
Stein Huysegems (centre) celebrates his 36th minute goal with team-mates.
Paul Ifill
Paul Ifill takes out the legs of Steven McGarry.
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Carlos Hernandez (centre) celebrates his goal with Steyn Huysegems (left) and Jeremy Brockie.
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Albert Riera (left) receives a yellow card from referee Shaun Evans.
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The Brisbane Roar celebrate after Ivan Franjic (left) scored the winning goal against the Wellington Phoenix.
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Liam Miller of the Roar and Kenny Cunningham of the Phoenix compete for the ball.
Stein Huysegems
Stein Huysegems celebrates with Tyler Boyd after his 75th minute match-winning goal against the Heart.
Stein Huysegems
Stein Huysegems is sandwiched by Leo Bertos and Tyler Boyd after his goal.
Louis Fenton
Louis Fenton leaps to head the ball away as Albert Riera watches.
Albert Riera
Albert Riera slides in but misses the tackle on Michael Mifsud.
Ben Sigmund
Ben Sigmund leaps over Michael Mifsud to head the ball away.
Andrew Durante
Andrew Durante is shown a yellow card by referee Strebre Delovski.
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Nikolai Topor-Stanley of the Wanderers competes with Jeremy Brockie of the Phoenix during the round 13 A-League match between the Western Sydney Wanderers and Wellington Phoenix at Parramatta Stadium.
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Wellington Phoenix players huddle after the round 13 A-League match between the Western Sydney Wanderers and Wellington Phoenix at Parramatta Stadium.
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Andrew Durante of the Phoenix huddles with his team-mates after the round 13 A-League match between the Western Sydney Wanderers and Wellington Phoenix at Parramatta Stadium.
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Kenny Cunningham of the Phoenix controls the ball during the round 13 A-League match between the Western Sydney Wanderers and Wellington Phoenix at Parramatta Stadium.
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Manny Muscat (left) and Stein Huysegems celebrate after the win over Melbourne Victory.
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Stein Huysegems is congratulated by his team mates after scoring against Melbourne Victory.
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Kenny Cunningham looks skyward after scoring against the Mlebourne Victory.
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Jesse Makarounas of the Victory and Albert Riera of the Phoenix compete for the ball.
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Goalkeeper Michael Theo of the Roar clears the ball the the Phoenix on the attack in Brisbane.
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Devante Clut of the Roar competes for the ball with Albert Riera.
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Carlos Hernandex of the Phoenix, right, is tackled by Tarek Elrich of Adelaide.
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Young Wellington Phoenix fans enjoying the day out at Eden Park.
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Emmanuel Muscat and Andrew Durante shake hands at the end of the Phonenix's victory over Adelaide.
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Ernie Merrick thanks the fans after the Phoenix's win over Adelaide at Eden Park.
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Ben Sigmund in action for the Phoenix against the Jets in Newcastle.
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Emmanuel Muscat of the Phoenix falls to the ground in Newcastle.
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Stein Huysegems of the Phoenix feels the heat of the Newcastle sun.
Jeremy Brockie
Jeremy Brockie rushes to celebrate his goal with Stein Huysegems (right) and Reece Caira.
Glen Moss
Phoenix keeper Glen Moss makes a save off the line against Central Coast.
Glen Moss
Phoenix keeper Glen Moss had a rough outing against the Melbourne Heart.
Stein Huysegems
Striker Stein Huysegems carries the ball forward into the Heart of Melbourne's defence.
Manny Muscat
Manny Muscat roars with delight after a Wellington Phoenix goal in Gosford.
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The Wellington Phoenix wall protects themselves before a free-kick.
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The Wellington Phoenix wall remains resolute against the Heart.
Kenny Cunningham
Kenny Cunningham celebrates his goal against the Mariners.
Alan Milliner
Referee Alan Milliner warns Phoenix striker Kenny Cunningham.
Wellington Stadium
Still plenty of empty yellow seats were around as the Wellington Phoenix drew one of their best home crowds against the Heart.
Michael Boxall
Phoenix defender Michael Boxall challenges Adelaide's Awer Mabil for the ball at Cooper's Stadium.
Ben Sigmund
Ben Sigmund is talked to by referee Lucien Laverdure during the Phoenix's loss in Adelaide.
Manny Muscat
Manny Muscat turns and chases a through-ball by Adelaide.
Glen Moss
Phoenix keeper Glen Moss checks on the health of Adelaide striker Jeronimo Neumann.
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Wellington Phoenix's Kenny Cunningham gets the ball under control against Perth Glory at Westpac Stadium.
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Wellington Phoenix's Roy Krishna on the attack against Perth Glory.
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Phoenix fans react to a near miss for their team against Perth Glory.
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Vince Lia of the Phoenix beats the defence of Chris Harold of the Glory.
Ben Sigmund
Ben Sigmund is shown a red card by referee Ben Williams against the Melbourne Heart after his second bookable offence.
Ben Sigmund
Ben Sigmund challenges Harry Kewell for the ball, which lead to his second yellow card.
Manny Muscat
Manny Muscat turns and chases the Melbourne Heart's Iain Ramsey.
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Phoenix players appeal for leniency as referee Ben Williams flashes another yellow card.
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Wellington Phoenix players huddle together before their clash with Adelaide United at Westpac Stadium.
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Phoenix player Tyler Boyd goes down under a challenge from Adelaide's Bruce Djite.
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Ben Sigmund of the Phoenix, right, and Michael Zullo of Adelaide clash for the ball.
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Shaun Timmins of the Phoenix gets a yellow card after a poor tackle on Adelaide's Marcelo Carrusca.

Excitement turned into exasperation for Wellington Phoenix fans yesterday as Michael McGlinchey was signed, then un-signed, in an embarrassing administrative bungle.

A story headlined "Phoenix bring McGlinchey home" appeared on the A-League's website yesterday morning, trumpeting the signing of the All Whites midfielder on a two-year contract.

The story, quoting McGlinchey and Phoenix coach Ernie Merrick, was later removed after media manager Russell Gray said it was "published in error."

Michael McGlinchey
ALL GOOD: All Whites midfielder Michael McGlinchey could soon link up with the Wellington Phoenix.

Gray had pre-written the story about a week ago but it was not supposed to appear online until the deal had been finalised.

McGlinchey is contracted to the Central Coast Mariners but is currently on loan to Japanese club Vegalta Sendai.

The Mariners are digging their heels in and issued a press release yesterday saying McGlinchey was still their man.

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"Central Coast Mariners wish to deny reports that midfielder Michael McGlinchey has been released from his contract with the club," the statement said, before quoting club chairman Michael Charlesworth.

"Michael is still under contract with us," Charlesworth said. "We look forward to him returning to the Mariners from Vegalta Sendai for Hyundai A-League season ten."

Football Federation Australia media operations manager Adam Mark said the FFA was "investigating the matter internally" before making comment on how the draft press release had been prematurely published.

Phoenix general manager David Dome said he couldn't comment on the situation.

There will be some nervous folk at Phoenix HQ while Wellington-born McGlinchey, on holiday with his family in Scotland, will presumably be dismayed at how things have unfolded.

A messy tug-of-war over McGlinchey's services now seems likely.

The leaked story said the 27-year-old had signed with the Phoenix after securing an early release from Vegalta Sendai and had opted to join Wellington rather than the Mariners, for whom he made 121 appearances and helped win the 2012-13 A-League title.

"I'm really excited to be joining the Phoenix," McGlinchey said.

"Results may not have gone their way last season and there were a lot of injuries, but I was impressed by the football they were trying to play . . .

"When I was with the All Whites last week the lads said they thought Ernie would get the best out of me. The only thing missing last season was goals, but with the right sort of service someone like Brocks [Jeremy Brockie] will get 10 to 15. I want to help the Phoenix win things because the Wellington fans deserve some success."

The story said McGlinchey would play for the Phoenix against West Ham United at Eden Park on July 23.

McGlinchey left Wellington as a one-year-old when his family returned to Scotland after father Norrie played for Stop Out and Hutt Valley United.

Merrick views the diminutive McGlinchey as the ideal replacement for Carlos Hernandez, who was released last month.

"I was looking for an attacking midfielder, someone who could play No 10 or out wide, and Michael fits the bill perfectly," Merrick said in the story.

"He is a hard worker but can also provide quality, accurate passes to the strikers. I think it is [a] major coup for the Phoenix to get his signature."

The Dominion Post