Patterson's in a rage over Downey 'tap'
Eddie Patterson has challenged Bohemians manager Sean Connor to put his money where his mouth is if he wants to tempt Conor Downey away from Cliftonville.
The Reds boss was fuming when he saw Bohs boss Connor quoted on his interest in the Solitude midfielder and made it known when the pair met at last Saturday's CIS Cup final.
Connor took the Bohemians job last month and he has money to spend as he goes about building his side for the new eircom League season which starts in March.
"What Sean Connor did is a blatant attempt to poach a player through the media," said Patterson.
"It is totally unprofessional. I have already spoken to my club's representatives about asking the IFA to speak to the FAI about it and I know at least one other manager who is planning to do the same with regards to comments about his player.
"I believe that Bohemians will have a lot of money to spend with the sale of their ground and if I had that kind of money then I would go through the proper channels to speak to a player.
"We have asked Glentoran about Chris Morgan, but we did it properly and only made it public after we'd spoken to the manager about the possibility of signing the player."
The issue over the interest in Downey won't take away from Cliftonville's preparations as they attempt to get back to winning ways after the CIS Cup final defeat to Glentoran.
They remain in a very healthy fourth place in the league - five points off the pace and with only one defeat so far - ahead of this afternoon's home game with Glenavon.