McGlinchey's agent slams FFA

Michael McGlinchey's agent has hit out at Football Federation Australia over the midfielder’s contract saga, describing the dealings between the governing body and the Central Coast Mariners as “blurred”.

An independent arbitrator ruled on Thursday that McGlinchey remains contracted to the Mariners, stopping a planned moved to Wellington Phoenix.

The Phoenix and the Professional Footballers Association (PFA) are seeking legal advice on the issue.

James Hardy, the Kiwi international’s manager, told FourFourTwo he was “totally perplexed”.

“Michael and I cannot see any logic or sense behind the decision,” Hardy said from Hong Kong.

“Throughout the entire process we have and will continue to solely follow the direction and advice of the PFA, who have been great.

“However today's decision just confirms that the dealings between the FFA and the Central Coast Mariners are blurred.”

McGlinchey is currently in limbo after training with Wellington for several months after returning from his loan spell with Vegalta Sendai in Japan.

The 27-year old joined the Mariners in 2009 and has made more than 120 appearances for the club.

“I don't wish to get into a war of words but what I will say is the FFA should stop sitting on the fence and come out with some clarity,” Hardy said. 

“Michael has been let down by really poor governance and leadership by the FFA, which ultimately is putting players' welfare on the line through their negligence.”