Glentoran chairman Aubry Ralph last night claimed Rory Patterson is being “poorly advised” and has been “disrespectful” towards his future employers.
Coleraine striker, Patterson, travelled to Plymouth Argyle on Sunday for three days training — without touching base with The Oval club, with whom he has signed a pre-contract agreement.
The Carling Premiership’s top scorer is scheduled to join the Glens in the summer, but Ralph was last night annoyed he wasn’t contacted before the Northern Ireland international’s trip to Plymouth.
“I spoke to Hugh Wade from Coleraine on Saturday and he told me Rory would be in Plymouth this week, but despite texting him, I didn’t hear anything before he left for Plymouth,” said Ralph.
“I think the advice he is receiving is poor and it is a bit disrespectful not to let us know he was going to Plymouth.
“Maybe he is just being a little naive.
“As far as we are concerned he will be a Glentoran player next season and if Plymouth want to sign him, then they will have to negotiate with us.”
Twenty-five-year-old Patterson (pictured) has set the local game alight this season with his goals, that have fired Coleraine into the final of the Co-operative Insurance Cup and the quarter-finals of the Irish Cup.
The Bannsiders have Portadown breathing down their necks in the battle to make the top six and thanks to his visit to Plymouth they will miss Patterson in tonight’s league game with Newry City — when Gerry Flynn will be back in the border club’s dug-out.
He was reinstated on Saturday night — with John McDonnell leaving the post — less than six months after quitting the club when his already strained relationship with club chairman Paul McKenna reached breaking point.
Flynn is now looking forward to sinking his teeth into the football management game once more.