It looks like Andy Woodman will be joining up once again with Alan Pardew at Crystal Palace, if terms can be agreed to pay compensation to Newcastle for Woodman, who still has five years left on his eight year deal at Newcastle.
Andy Woodman – expected to join Alan Pardew at Palace
That would mean that all the coaches who were Alan Pardew’s first team coaches at Newcastle – John Carver, Steve Stone and Andy – will all have left the club.
John Carver and Steve Stone were fired a day before Steve McClaren was announced as the new head coach in June.
That was after a disastrous five months in charge of Newcastle, when we were almost relegated on the final day of the season, after being in a comfortable 9th place when they took over the club at the end of last year.
There are a number of goalkeeping coaches being linked with Newcastle to replace Woodman, with former Newcastle coach Simon Smith in the reckoning.
Smith became the first-team goalkeeping coach at Newcastle initially working under Ruud Gullit in the summer of 1999, and then was coach for Sir Bobby Robson, after Ruud was sacked in late August of 1999 after only a year at the club.
The great Sir Bobby Robson while at Newcastle
That came after Newcastle were beaten 2-1 at home by Sunderland, a game in which Gullit had dropped Alan Shearer.
In the next home game, which was Bobby Robson’s first as Newcastle manager, we hammered Sheffield Wednesday 8-0 (5-0 up at half time), and Alan Shearer scored five goals – still a Premier League record.
Steve McClaren’s goalkeeping coach at Derby County – Eric Steele – is also said to be in the frame.
However, earlier this month Steele was hired by the Football Association to coach goalkeepers across their junior teams, so it seems unlikely Eric will be coming.
Before he took the job at the FA, Eric was heavily favored to replace Woodman at Newcastle, but it seems a compensation deal between the two clubs could not be worked out until now.