Newcastle’s goalkeeping coach Andy Woodman has been interviewed today on the Newcastle web-site, and he says that this is only the start for Tim Krul and there’s more to come – and he’d like to see the Newcastle goalkeeper play in a World Cup final.
Andy Woodman – Newcastle goalkeeping coach
Andy played for a number of clubs as goalkeeper, including around 160 times for Colchester United from 1995 through 1999, and the Londoner has entered the ranks of coaching.
Andy followed manager Alan Pardew to Newcastle shortly after Alan arrived in December of 2010, and he says Tim becoming the new number one goalkeeper for Holland, is one of the proudest moments in his career as a goalkeeping coach.
This is what Andy told nufc.co.uk today:
“I’m extremely proud. It is one of the proudest moments I have had as a coach.” “When I first came to the Club me and Tim made a pact, and that was our goal.” “Obviously he had to get in the first team at Newcastle first, but I promised Tim that I would push him and make sure that he became the Dutch number one.”
“It was like ‘job done’ in respect that we have got him there, but straight away the conversation has been to make sure we keep him there.” “But we are by no means done, let me tell you. Our next goal is to make sure that he’s playing in a World Cup final.” “I had a little heads up that he would be close to playing, and the hardest bit for me was trying to keep a lid on it. I wanted to shout from the rooftops!”
“I went to the game and it was great to see your keeper out there in an atmosphere like that.” “Tim’s form has continued from last year and watching him play in Amsterdam I thought he was superb.” “He felt his way into the game and then as it went on he just got better and better.”
“I can’t see why Tim Krul can’t be the Dutch number one for many, many years – he’s that good.” “We’ve worked hard, put a lot of hours in, changed one or two bits about his game and his mentality, but ultimately it is Tim Krul who has got himself there.” “We train hard and everything we do is at a high-tempo, because the reality is that the ball comes at 100mph.”
“So if you aren’t training at that intensity, you are going to always be playing catch-up. We’ve made sure the training is on it every day.” “The other side of it is that I like him to smile and like him to enjoy what he is doing.” “Tim is quite an intense lad, so I’ve tried to bring that into him as well.”
“We work – we work hard – but we smile while we are working.” “The culmination of that with Tim’s attitude and drive has got him to that position.” “It’s an amazing achievement and what’s really great is the trust the manager has put in not just Tim, but other young players as well.”
“That has a knock-on effect down the ladder with all young players here, as they realise they are going to get a chance if they are good enough.” “What Tim has done is fantastic and it should inspire all the young goalkeepers at this Club.” “I couldn’t be prouder of what he has achieved so far, but it is only so far – there is a lot more to come from Tim Krul.”
Andy Woodman and Alan Pardew made the short trip over to the Amsterdam Arena last Friday night to watch Tim’s very first competitive game for his country, and of course his first ever game in the World Cup.
And the Dutch beat Turkey 2-0, but the opposition pressed the whole game, and Tim was as cool and as competent as ever in the Dutch goal, and had an excellent game.
And Andy’s son Freddie, who’s still only 15, joined the Tyneside club from Crystal Palace just over a year ago, and he seems a chip of the old block.
Freddie has already been capped by England at the U16 and U17 levels, and along with 19 year-old England U19 goalkeeper Jak Alnwick, they are two up and coming young goalkeepers at Newcastle.
It’s a pity Tim Krul is now out injured , but we hope it’s just for a couple of games, and that he will soon be back between the posts for both Newcastle United and Holland.
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