His chairman feels upset and disrespected, and Sydney FC coach Graham Arnold holds grave fears for the future of the A-League club if a southern Sydney team is introduced.
Sky Blues chairman Scott Barlow lashed out at Football Federation Australia on Wednesday, furiously calling on chief executive David Gallop to stay true to assurances to all club chairmen that new licences "are not on the agenda".
Gallop confirmed on Wednesday they very much were an option should Wellington Phoenix exit at the end of this season and admitted the FFA were "looking carefully" at Sydney.
Arnold's main concern is how long Barlow and owner David Traktovenko will hold out if one of their club's biggest fan and talent pools is sapped by a new franchise in the Sutherland Shire.
"My biggest concern at the moment is if Sydney FC is still going to be around. I think that's how big a decision it's going to be," Arnold said on Thursday.