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The boss of the A-League's New Zealand outfit has fired another broadside at the national governing body over the continuing limbo surrounding a would-be star recruit

Wellington Phoenix coach Ernie Merrick has again lashed out at Football Federation Australia for their handling of the Michael McGlinchey situation.

The All Whites midfielder has been waiting for months for FFA to decide on his contractual status, with the Phoenix and Central Coast Mariners both believing he is their player.

Following the end of his loan period with Japanese club Vegalta Sendai and the transfer of licence at the Central Coast Mariners, McGlinchey – backed by Professional Footballers Australia – believed he was a free agent and able to sign for the Phoenix.

The matter went to arbitration and another meeting took place at the start of the week but still no decision has been reached.

Last month Merrick said the FFA's lack of speed on the matter was appalling and after Tuesday night's 1-0 loss to Adelaide United in the FFA Cup, the Phoenix coach - who was forced to watch that game from the stands after being banned from the technical area for not signing a Code of Conduct agreement - slammed the governing body again.

"They had the hearing on Monday and they'll let us know in a couple of years," Merrick told reporters.

"It's been going on for months. The process ... I just don't see why they've left the boy in limbo for so long. One way or the other just let us know."

McGlinchey, 27, has been training with the Phoenix since July 7 but has not taken part in any of their pre-season matches, including those against English Premier League side West Ham United and Newcastle United.

Merrick would have loved to have had the midfielder in his line-up against Adelaide given Albert Riera (All Stars duty) and Alex Rodriguez-Gorrin (groin) were absent.

A lone first-half goal from Spaniard Sergio Cirio was enough to get the Reds past the Phoenix.

Wellington went close to an equaliser late in the game when a goalmouth scramble saw the Phoenix hit the post. That was followed by a point-blank save from Adelaide keeper Paul Izzo to deny Roy Krishna.

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