ERNIE Merrick is not worried about the outcome of his appeal against a $3000 fine for "tongue-in-cheek" comments he made about the Video Assistant Referee.
The Newcastle Jets coach simply hopes his stance will be the catalyst for clarity around what a coach can say and encourage more consultation when new measures are introduced to the A-League.
Merrick is awaiting a judgement from Football Federation Australia's disciplinary and ethics committee after a two-hour hearing in Sydney on Tuesday night.
The most experienced coach in the league argued that his sanction was not commensurate to the offence after he was slugged $3000 for suggesting the VAR "was having a cup of tea" after two contentious calls went against the Jets in a 2-0 loss to Perth on January 27.
"I guess it is not really about the outcome of whether I am guilty or innocent," Merrick said on Wednesday. " Have you seen the code of conduct, it is pretty hard not to be guilty in every press conference. It showed that there is an opportunity for coaches to appeal. I think I was the first one.
"I thought the panel was fair to me and I got to say the sort of things I wanted to say. To get an open and fair hearing is all I can ask for."
Merrick said the whole "point of the appeal" was to help improve the dialogue and encourage a closer association between coaches and administration.
"Introducing something new [like the VAR] and not informing anyone who are really involved in the game, players and coaches, to me doesn't seem right," Merrick said. "We are not going to tell referees what to do. It is just knowing what is going to happen and having some clarity around it's introduction."