Sydney FC and former Central Coast Mariners coach Graham Arnold has described stood-down Mariners goalkeeper Liam Reddy as a fantastic person and says he never had any trouble with him while under his tutelage at Central Coast.
Reddy has been suspended indefinitely over a "series of off-field issues" the Mariners said were at odds with Football Federation Australia's national code of conduct.
He will not travel with the squad to play Melbourne City this weekend, in what is his second ban in recent months following another during pre-season over similar disciplinary problems.
It is unclear exactly what sparked the club's decision, though Reddy was critical of Central Coast in their 2-1 loss to Brisbane last Sunday and hit out at coach Tony Walmsley's preference for younger players and his emphasis on attack over defence.
Arnold knows Reddy well, having offered the shot-stopper an A-League lifeline in 2013 after he was sacked by Sydney FC for getting drunk on a team flight at the end of the 2011-12 season.
The now Sky Blues manager said his experience coaching the 34-year-old was all positive.
"All I know is that Liam Reddy is a fantastic guy. My working experience with him? Never a troublemaker," Arnold said.
"A pro when it comes to the football side of things and a good guy. So I don't know what's happened up there but it's probably not for me to comment."
Reddy, who is contracted with Central Coast until the middle of 2016, finds his career in a precarious position given these latest events.
The Mariners' decision to stand him down sparked an angry backlash from Professional Footballers Australia (PFA), who accused the Mariners of breaching its legal obligations to the player.
PFA chief executive Adam Vivian said it would launch legal action if the club continued to "bully and harass the goalkeeper out of the club" after he was told he is no longer in their plans.