The player and Melbourne Victory announced the move yesterday but Fury were left disappointed at the way events unfolded.

"Franz is particularly disappointed, more disappointed that Isaka hasn't spoken to him," assistant coach Stuart McLaren told the Townsville Bulletin.

"He (Straka) feels that he should have been the first port of call and I've got to say I agree with that. Isaka has shown a lack of respect to the position of head coach."

Cernak defended his approach however, while stressing that he had nothing but the greatest respect for Straka, McLaren and Robbie Middleby.

He added: "The club knew I had been contacted, it wasn't a secretive thing that was going on. But at the same time it was me making a decision for myself and I didn't want to be influenced by what people had to say."