As I expected, Argyle have signed NI international Patterson. Undisclosed as usual but I've heard a figure of £200K mentioned.
The intriguing thing is the added mystery it gives to the Mariner situation. He was certainly a player that Mariner targeted, and yet all the speculation is that he has gone back to the Staes. I believe the Mariner quote on the website is an old one about Paterson.
It must be that the deal has been on the cards for some time and it must have been at least run pass the new manager. Could this be a former NI international - Dowie? There seems to be growing speculation that he's the one the Board want despite the fact that he wants to stay living up north!
My info about who was interviewed still holds good but my contact has no updates. I assume that Dowie is possibly someone they wanted to speak to with his situation unclear at Hull and Paul Hart seeming to be in the frame up there. Given the writing is on the wall for Mariner and Carver,you have to assume Burley (who I had as favourite) is out of the picture, as it is almost certain he would have worked with his old pal Mariner and Carver. It's likely that Dowie (and Jewell and Cotterill) would want to bring in their own staff.
Personally, I feel very sorry for the way Mariner has been treated in this. Todd almost declared him to be Manager post season and then, having back tracked, came out with further statements that whoever comes in will work with him. Mariner must feel badly let down. There is no doubt of his love for Argyle and the high regard the fans have him, and I think he's certainly got something to offer. I hope he stays, even though it looks like Carver may be off to Newcastle.
Why the papers continue to run the Colin Lee story when it's clear the Board haven't even interviewed him shows what a clandestine exercise this has been by the Board - not a bad thing, but now getting rather tedious!
What's the next twist? Benitez or Sven? Or Worthington - see below