Darren Patterson

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Darren Patterson
Patterson with Oxford United
Personal information
Full name Darren James Patterson[1]
Date of birth (1969-10-15) 15 October 1969 (age 47)
Place of birth Belfast, Northern Ireland
Height 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Playing position Defender
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1988–1989 West Bromwich Albion 0 (0)
1989–1992 Wigan Athletic 97 (6)
1992–1995 Crystal Palace 22 (1)
1995–1998 Luton Town 57 (0)
1996 Preston North End (loan) 2 (0)
1998–2000 Dundee United 30 (0)
2000–2001 York City 6 (0)
2001–2002 Oxford United 20 (1)
Total 234 (8)
National team
1994 Northern Ireland U21 1 (0)
Northern Ireland B 3 (0)
1994–1999 Northern Ireland 17 (1)
Teams managed
2004 Oxford United (caretaker)
2006 Oxford United
2007–2008 Oxford United
2010–2011 Bristol Rovers (caretaker)
2012 Rotherham United (caretaker)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Darren James Patterson (born 15 October 1969) is a Northern Irish former footballer and manager. He was most recently the caretaker manager of Rotherham United following Andy Scott's dismissal as manager on 19 March 2012. As a player, he was primarily a central defender who could also play at full back or as a defensive midfielder. He is the interim assistant manager at Bristol Rovers,[2] where he has previously held the positions of Head of Youth, Assistant Manager and Caretaker Manager. On 10 June 2011, he became Rotherham United's assistant manager.[3]

Club career[edit]

Patterson began his playing career with West Bromwich Albion around the time of their relegation from the First Division in 1986, but failed to make a first-team appearance and was signed by Bryan Hamilton for Wigan Athletic early in the 1989–90 season.

Patterson proved a success in defence for Wigan, making 57 Third Division appearances and scored five goals before being transferred to Crystal Palace at the end of the 1991–92 season. Patterson enjoyed a longer spell at Palace and played for the club in the FA Premier League before joining Luton Town in a £230,000 deal in August 1995. During his time at Selhurst Park, he had seen Palace relegated from the inaugural Premier League in 1992–93, promoted back as Division One champions in 1993–94, and relegated back in 1994–95 at the end of a dramatic season in which Palace also reached the semi-finals of both major domestic cup competitions. He was sent off in the FA Cup semi-final for fighting with Manchester United midfielder Roy Keane.

He made 66 appearances for Luton (and also had a loan spell at Preston North End) before leaving on a Bosman ruling free transfer in the Summer of 1998 to join Dundee United. At Kenilworth Road he endured the disappointment of relegation from Division One in his first season and playoff defeat in Division Two during his second.

Whilst at Dundee United he scored once; his goal coming against Clydebank during United's run to the semi-finals of the 1998–99 Scottish Cup.[4]

He returned south of the border in December 2000 when he signed for Division Three strugglers York City. 14 months later he signed for his final club Oxford United.[5] At Oxford he scored once against Stoke City.[6]

International career[edit]

Patterson was capped once by the Northern Ireland national under-21 team, starting in a 0–0 home draw with Romania on 22 March 1994.[7] He played for the Northern Ireland national team, earning 17 caps.[8]

Managerial and coaching career[edit]

After retiring from the game Patterson remained at Oxford as youth team coach. He served as caretaker manager of the club following the departure of Graham Rix, although he was ultimately overlooked for the job in favour of Ramón Díaz.[9] He was finally appointed manager of the club on a full-time basis in March 2006 following the departure of Brian Talbot. However, no sooner had Patterson been appointed than he lost the job to Jim Smith following the sale of the club by Firoz Kassam to Nick Merry.[10] Patterson managed the club for only eight days, and in doing so became perhaps the shortest-serving manager in the history of the English league. While Bill Lambton and Tim Ward both had periods in charge of a club that lasted three and seven days respectively, but neither man actually signed a contract to manage the club, whereas Patterson did.[11] Leroy Rosenior later managed an even shorter stint at Torquay United in 2007, being fired only 10 minutes after signing his contract, but Torquay were no longer a League club by that point.

In December 2006, Patterson was offered the vacant manager's job at Brentford; however, caretaker manager Scott Fitzgerald was appointed on a permanent basis after Patterson declined their terms.[12]

After becoming first team coach in April 2007, he was appointed Oxford's manager once again on 9 November 2007 after Jim Smith resigned.[13] He was sacked on 30 November 2008 following a poor start to the 2008–09 season.[14]

In May 2009 Patterson was appointed Head of Youth at League One side Bristol Rovers, looking after all young players from eight to 18 years of age. Following the sacking of Lennie Lawrence he took over as assistant manager to Paul Trollope in May 2010.[15] He was appointed caretaker manager on 15 December following Trollope's sacking and he lasted in this position until 10 January 2011 when Dave Penney was appointed manager.[16][17] Patterson became the assistant manager of Rotherham United on 10 June 2011. He was appointed as the club's caretaker manager in March 2012, after Andy Scott was sacked.[18] Steve Evans was announced as the new manager of Rotherham on 9 April, hours before Ryan Cresswell scored a last minute winner against Cheltenham Town to ensure Patterson had led the club to four wins in five games during his brief time in charge.[19]

Managerial statistics[edit]

As of 9 April 2012.
Team Nation From To Matches Won Drawn Lost Win % Ref
Oxford United (caretaker)  England 14 November 2004 9 December 2004 3 1 0 2 33.3 [20]
Oxford United  England 14 March 2006 22 March 2006 3 1 2 0 33.3 [20]
Oxford United  England 9 November 2007 30 November 2008 59 24 11 24 40.7 [20]
Bristol Rovers (caretaker)  England 15 December 2010 10 January 2011 2 0 0 2 0.0 [20]
Rotherham United (caretaker)  England 19 March 2012 11 April 2012 5 4 0 1 80.0
Total 72 30 13 28 41.6


  1. ^ Hugman, Barry J. (2005). The PFA Premier & Football League Players' Records 1946–2005. Queen Anne Press. p. 482. ISBN 1-85291-665-6. 
  2. ^ "Bristol Rovers' boss Dave Penney hit by setback in search for assistant". Bristol Evening Post. 14 January 2011. Archived from the original on 14 September 2012. Retrieved 14 January 2011. 
  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 8 April 2016. Retrieved 2011-06-11. 
  4. ^ "Clydebank 2-2 Dundee United". arabarchive.co.uk. 3 March 1999. Retrieved 15 January 2016. 
  5. ^ Career stats Archived 1 October 2007 at the Wayback Machine.
  6. ^ "Oxford 1-1 Stoke". BBC. 20 February 2001. Retrieved 15 January 2016. 
  7. ^ "Northern Ireland under-21 line-ups". Northern Ireland's Footballing Greats. Jonny Dewart. 23 February 2013. Retrieved 2 September 2017. 
  8. ^ Profile Archived 4 March 2016 at the Wayback Machine.
  9. ^ Managerial stats Archived 15 December 2004 at the Wayback Machine.
  10. ^ 'Patterson targets return to winning ways'[permanent dead link]
  11. ^ "Football: Stress forces Coppell to quit City job". Find Articles(taken from The Independent). [dead link]
  12. ^ 'You'll get team to be proud of'[permanent dead link]
  13. ^ 'Smith steps down as Oxford boss'. BBC Sport
  14. ^ "Manager Patterson axed by Oxford". BBC Sport. 30 November 2008. Retrieved 1 December 2008. 
  15. ^ "Darren Patterson is handed new role at Bristol Rovers". BBC Sport. 19 May 2010. Retrieved 22 December 2010. 
  16. ^ "Manager Paul Trollope sacked by Bristol Rovers". BBC Sport. 15 December 2010. Retrieved 22 December 2010. 
  17. ^ "Bristol Rovers appoint Dave Penney as their new manager". BBC Sport. 10 January 2011. Retrieved 10 January 2011. 
  18. ^ "Rotherham 4–2 Macclesfield". BBC Sport. 21 March 2012. Retrieved 22 March 2012. 
  19. ^ "Rotherham 1–0 Cheltenham". BBC Sport. 9 April 2012. Retrieved 9 April 2012. 
  20. ^ a b c d "Darren Patterson's managerial career". Soccerbase. Retrieved 10 January 2011. 

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