Merrick nears breaking point in transfer saga

SIMON PLUMB
Last updated 05:00 24/07/2014
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HAPPY: Phoenix coach Ernie Merrick was more than satisfied with his team's efforts against EPL outfits West Ham and Newcastle.

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Ernie Merrick has blasted the treatment of All White Michael McGlinchey as the player's Wellington Phoenix transfer saga rolls on.

McGlinchey is in a tug-of-war between the Phoenix, who want to sign him, and fellow A-League club Central Coast Mariners - who believe he is still under contract to them.

Clearly, McGlinchey was hoping he might be cleared in time for the Phoenix's historic 2-1 win over West Ham United last night. 

But instead, his name was crudely scrubbed off the team sheet in ballpoint pen, and instead, hand-written into the official document next to Merrick as a Phoenix coach as to ensure he at least got to experience the match from the touchline.

Merrick, an extremely affable and balanced character, would not go into details when asked about the situation post-game last night. 

However, Merrick did give the administrative hash causing McGlinchey to spend the last few weeks on the bench a rocket - branding the situation "appalling".

"I'll only say what I said prior to the match," Merrick said.

"The greatest disappointment for me... In fact, I'm appalled, at the lack of speed and decision-making for his situation. 

"It's appalling he's been left in limbo for this period of time. I won't say anything else about it. There's no more comment on Michael.

"I have to say he was a very disappointed lad [to have missed the West Ham game]."

Assuming the McGlinchey deal goes through, Merrick also added his pre-season transfers are not done yet either.

"I still feel that I need another player that I can bring in who is very like Albert Riera. Albert continues to amaze me, he was quite outstanding."

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