Glen Roeder, the manager of Norwich City and former manager on Tyneside, has signed Newcastle midfielder Matty Pattison, for an undisclosed fee.
Matty Pattison – the 21 year old South African joined Norwich today
When Glenn Roeder joined Newcastle in the summer of 2005, as the new Academy Manager, Matty Pattison was our best young prospect in the Newcastle Youth team. And in February of 2006, when Glenn took over as caretaker manager, after Graeme Souness was sacked, he gave Matty his debut at the club.
Pattison played quite well for Newcastle over the next 16 months, but once Roeder was dismissed in May, 2007 and Sam Allardyce took over, Matty hasnâ€™t played a single game. It will not come as a surprise that Newcastle have been willing to let the youngster go. But our two excellent youth teams of the past 2-3 years, who both reached the semi-finals of that competition, havenâ€™t so far produced too many promising players at the club, which is a disappointment.Â But we think, on the other hand, this will turn out to be a great buy for Glenn Roeder and Norwich City and for a reasonable fee, no doubt.
The Johannesburg, South Africa-born 21 year-old midfielder had been on loan with Glenn Roeder at Carrow Road since November, and was apparently discussing personal terms with the Championship club today. The deal he will sign is said to go until June, 2011, and Newcastle have agreed a sell-on fee with Roeder and Norwich City, for the player. Matty appeared 10 times for Newcastle United.