Everton manager Sean Dyche says altercation with defender Nathan Patterson was ‘nothing’

Everton manager Sean Dyche says altercation with defender Nathan Patterson was ‘nothing’

28 March 2024 0 By Total Football News
Nathan Patterson
Patterson’s last club appearance came as a substitute in a draw against Fulham on 30 January

Everton manager Sean Dyche says there was “nothing” in an altercation between himself and defender Nathan Patterson.

Reports suggestedexternal-link Dyche hit Patterson, 22, with a “playful slap” during a warm weather training camp earlier this month, resulting in a heated row.

“I tapped him on the head like an older brother would and he didn’t get the joke. It’s really that simple,” said Dyche, 52.

“Never let the truth get in the way of a good story. Nothing in it really.”

Scotland international Patterson has played 25 times for Everton this season but his last appearance came in January.

The incident reportedly occurred during the Toffees trip to Portugal prior to the international break with defender James Tarkowski having to step in.

Patterson played twice for Scotland during the international break, first against the Netherlands and then Northern Ireland.

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