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Darren Patterson (born 15 October 1969 in Belfast) is a former youth team coach, assistant manager and caretaker manager of Bristol Rovers.

Darren Patterson

Darren Patterson while manager of Oxford United

Darren was originally brought to Rovers to head up the youth system, being appointed to the position in May 2009, but following the departure of Director of Football Lennie Lawrence from the club at the end of the 2009–10 season he was appointed as assistant manager to Paul Trollope. The Trollope/Patterson partnership was short-lived, thanks to Trollope being relieved of his managerial duties in December 2010, with the board citing poor results and falling attendances as the reason for his being placed on 'gardening leave'. Patterson was given the caretaker-manager position until a replacement gaffer had been found. He remained in charge for just two games, both of them defeats, before Dave Penney was appointed and Darren reverted to his role as assistant. Shortly afterwards Martin Foyle was brought in to the club as first team coach, so Darren was moved to a position in the youth setup, replacing Jerry Gill as coach of the under-18 side, who was released in the re-shuffle.

Patterson left Rovers in June 2011 to become assistant manager of Rotherham United, where he linked up with former Oxford teammate Andy Scott.

Playing careerEdit

Darren was a defender during a playing career which saw him on the books of eight different clubs in England and Scotland. He began his playing days with West Bromwich Albion in the late 1980s, but failed to make any first team appearances for them. He moved to Wigan Athletic in 1989, where he was able to settle into the team and during a three-year spell he went on to make 97 league appearances for them, scoring six times.

In 1992 Crystal Palace paid Wigan £225,000 for Darren's services and he went on to play for them in the fledgling Premier League. He remained a fringe player in the Palace side however and made just 22 league appearances for them in three years. In spite of this The Eagles made a profit on his transfer fee when he joined Luton Town for £230,000 in August 1995, and although he did get more time on the pitch with Luton he still failed to establish himself as a regular first teamer. Luton sent him out on loan to Preston North End for a very brief spell in 1996, where he played just two games, whereupon he returned to The Hatters. He went on to make a total of 57 League appearances for Luton before moving to Scotland to play for Dundee United in 1998.

Darren made 30 appearances in the SPL during his two-year stint with The Terrors, and rounded his playing career off with a brief spell at York City and just over a year playing for Oxford United. He was a full Northern Ireland international, and was awarded 17 caps between 1994 and 1999, scoring a single goal in the games that he played.

Career statsEdit

SeasonClubLeague
AppsGoals
1988–89West Bromwich Albion 00
1989–90Wigan Athletic 291
1990–91Wigan Athletic 284
1991–92Wigan Athletic 401
1992–93Crystal Palace 00
1993–94Crystal Palace 00
1994–95Crystal Palace 221
1995–96Luton Town 230
1996–97Luton Town 100
1996–97Preston North End (loan)20
1997–98Luton Town 230
1998–99Dundee United 190
1999–00Dundee United 00
2000–01Dundee United 00
2000–01York City 60
2000–01Oxford United 181
2001–02Oxford United 20

Managerial careerEdit

Following the end of his playing career at Oxford United Darren stayed on with the club as a coach. Although Darren only has a relatively small number of games under his belt as a manager, he has actually been in charge of a football club four times in his career. He has been manager of Oxford United three times, once as caretaker and twice as the manager proper, and has also been caretaker boss at Bristol Rovers.

He is notable for having one of the shortest spells as gaffer in British football, when he was appointed as Oxford boss on 14 March 2006 before being relieved of his duties just eight days later following the sale of the club to a new owner.

Career statsEdit

FromToClubPldWDL% Won
14 November 20049 December 2004Oxford United (caretaker)310233.3
14 March 200622 March 2006Oxford United312033.3
9 November 200730 November 2008Oxford United5924112440.7
15 December 201010 January 2011Bristol Rovers (caretaker)20020.0

Record at RoversEdit

SeasonCompPldWDLFAGD[1]Pts[1]Pos[1][2]Round reached[3]
2010–11League One200225-30
TotalLeague2002 25-30
All20022 5
  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 League games only
  2. Finishing position for completed seasons only
  3. Cup competitions only

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