Joy follows torment for Millers No 2

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NEW Rotherham United assistant manager Darren Patterson says the past couple of weeks had seen him juggling with the toughest decision of his footballing life.

“I’d been deliberating over what to do but then made the decision to move on,” said the 41-year-old who was Head of Youth at Bristol Rovers and has been acclaimed for the job he did there.

“The challenge, the buzz, the pressure that comes with senior football, I wanted it and it was an itch I need to scratch,” said Belfast-born Patterson who was capped 17 times by Northern Ireland.

“I think I’ve more to offer and this was too good an opportunity and challenge for me to turn down.”

He could have gone to a League One club but was swayed by the chance of working with Andy Scott again.

“It’s a real coup for Rotherham to get someone like Andy because he’s an outstanding talent as a coach and a manager. I had a season playing with him at Oxford and worked with him at Brentford before I came here so I know what he’s about,” he said. “The club wants to have a go and they have a new stadium on the way and are moving forward and I want to be part of that.”

Patterson has been praised for his work with the youth set up at Bristol Rovers Academy and several youngsters who have come up through the youth ranks were involved with the first-team last season.

He has signed a three-year contract.