Gateshead have announced the appointment of former Heed midfielder Matty Pattison as academy coach.
The 32-year-old has appeared at the highest level of English football for Newcastle United and also made over 50 appearances for then-Championship side Norwich City from November 2007 to August 2009. The South African then spent five years back in his native country with Mamelodi Sundowns, Engen Santos and Bidvest Wits before joining the Heed in October 2014.
Pattison went on to make 54 appearances for the club across two seasons, scoring four goals before moving on to Blyth Spartans in 2016 and then South Shields in 2017. The midfielder is still an active player and currently plies his trade with Northern League Division One side Whickham.
“I’m excited to come in,” said Pattison. “I’ve done quite a lot over the last couple of years with young players, so I wanted to come in and help develop the younger players and pass on some of the experiences I’ve had in my career.”
“There’s no better place for aspiring players to build their skills than the lower leagues, where it’s still a tough league with some very good players.”