By Muambo Edward 

Football Writer, Cameroon


Former South African international midfielder Matthew Pattison is the new manager of English club Whickham FC

The 33-year-old who made his Bafana Bafana debut in 2010, is a former player of Norwich City, Mamelodi Sundowns, Santos FC, Bidvest Wits and Gateshead FC.

After dusting his playing boots, Pattison opted to continue in football as a coach. He was appointed on Monday as the new coach of English ninth tier side Whickham FC, who currently play in the English Northern League Division One.

“Whickham Football Club are delighted to announce the appointment of Matthew Pattison as the club’s new Manager,” a statement from the club read.

“Pattison is now in his second season with the club, following a spell with South Shields, and the newly appointed manager has brought in John Oster as his assistant.

“Pattison’s knowledge and experience are unrivaled. The midfielder had the honour to play for his country, South Africa, and also under some of the best managers, including the likes of Sir Bobby Robson.”

The South African has expressed his delight and desire to succeed, after landing the coaching job with the Lang Jacks.

“It’s a fantastic opportunity. There is a lot of buzz around the place. The club wants to go places, so it’s a fantastic start for me in terms of management,” he said on the club’s official website.

“I know the club pretty well now. I know what it’s about and where it wants to go. For me, it was an easy decision in the end, when I’ve sat down and thought about it.”


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