Merrick nears breaking point in transfer saga

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

Relevant offers

Football

English FA boss supports football video replays English FA moving to restrict foreign players Wanderers hold FC Seoul to Korean stalemate Wenger pleads for patience after heavy defeat Everton eagerly await return to Europe action Retooled Liverpool face battle for goal-scoring Liverpool labour to 2-1 victory over Ludogorets Phoenix youngsters impress in Sydney friendly Arsenal outclassed by Dortmund in opener Real Madrid emphatic in routing of FC Basel

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."

Ad Feedback

- Stuff

Special offers
Opinion poll

Who will win this year's Champions League?

Ajax

Anderlecht

APOEL

Arsenal

Athletic Bilbao

Atletico Madrid

Barcelona

Basel

BATE Borisov

Bayer Leverkusen

Bayern Munich

Benfica

Borussia Dortmund

Chelsea

CSKA Moscow

Galatasaray

Juventus

Liverpool

Ludogorets

Malmo

Manchester City

Maribor

Monaco

Olympiacos

Paris St-Germain

Porto

Real Madrid

Roma

Schalke 04

Shaktar Donetsk

Sporting CP

Zenit St Petersburg

Vote Result

Featured Promotions

Sponsored Content