Patterson wins Reds sack race
Eddie Patterson's tenure as Cliftonville manager was littered with firsts from the outset.
His debut season in charge saw the Reds claim their highest Premiership placing since Marty Quinn's title winners of 1998 and, 12 months on, they finished even higher still, qualifying for the Intertoto Cup and securing a first ever European win when FC Dinaburg of Latvia were put to the sword.
Last year, the Solitude side landed a record goals and points haul en route to a runners-up position in the League and Patterson proved his earlier Euro triumph was no fluke by guiding Cliftonville past Croatian outfit HNK Cibalia in the summer.
On Friday, however, the 49-year-old was relieved of his duties — another first, for no other manager in the club's history has ever been sacked.
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