This Is Why Palace Coach Finally Left Newcastle

It seemed to be touch and go over the summer whether Andy Woodman would stay on as the goalkeeping coach at Newcastle.

It turns out that Steve McClaren wanted him to stay and of course Andy had an eight-year deal at the club, which still had five years to run.

Andy has talked about why he left and it was not too surprising because he’s worked with Alan Pardew since 2006 at West Ham, Charlton Athletic, Newcastle and now Crystal Palace.

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Andy Woodman – while goalkeeping coach on Tyneside

Andy has been interviewed in the Chronicle and it seems his leaving Newcastle was amicable and based on his thirty year friendship with Pardew:

“I started pre-season at Newcastle with completely new staff right across the board. Alan and I have been friends for 30 years and speak regularly but I had a long contract with Newcastle. ”

“And they were very keen on keeping me. But it was clear in my mind that I wanted to come back to Crystal Palace because it is close to my heart and I genuinely believe it is going places.”

Andy´s son Freddie is an excellent young goalkeeper but Andy will stay at Newcastle, and he is currently on loan at Crawley Town until at least January.

So far the 18 year-old has played 7 times at Crawley and he looked a very good goalkeeper in pre-season for Newcastle.

Comments welcome.

29 comments so far

  • Bambams

    Sep 22, 2015 at 2:49 PM

    Comment #1

    Should of brought in Pav….


  • 2_goal_tino

    Sep 22, 2015 at 2:50 PM

    Comment #2

    Can Mitrovic play against Chelsea? Does the Sheff Weds game count as one of his suspensions?

  • cyprus

    Sep 22, 2015 at 2:53 PM

    Comment #3

    Ed, Pardew is gone stop bringing him up man. There there it’s gonna be ok 🙂

  • toon kk

    Sep 22, 2015 at 2:56 PM

    Comment #4

    2 goal
    Mitrovic should be eligible for the Chelsea game as far as I know.

  • Transfer Sage

    Sep 22, 2015 at 3:01 PM

    Comment #5

    The previous pole is stupid. Cup win for relegation? Why are they related?

    Only recently has this been an isue. When Wigan and Birmingham won a cup they were both tipped for relegation all year anyway, it wasn’t a shock then went down, the shock was a cup win.

    When Portsmouth went down after FA cup success it wasn’t due to the cup, it was due to huge debts causing them to have to sell a lot of players.

    Sick of seeing people think a good cup runs means relegation. It’s very rarely like that and usually it’s not a shock.

  • Graeme

    Sep 22, 2015 at 3:03 PM

    Comment #6

    A very good article and very difficult to argue against anything said.

  • martoon

    Sep 22, 2015 at 3:04 PM

    Comment #7

    2_goal_tino @ 2 Yes and Yes 🙂

  • Keith in France

    Sep 22, 2015 at 3:11 PM

    Comment #8

    Cisse out of tomorrow’s game – bad back!
    Colbeck doubtful . Tiote will not play but is in training???

  • Ibizatoon

    Sep 22, 2015 at 3:15 PM

    Comment #9

    Graeme…Did you not know that Rome wasn’t built in a day?

    On thread…Did Woodmans comment regarding “going places” only have something to do with Palace, or was it also meant to imply that Newcastle were not?

    Not too fussed that he went at the end of the day. Can’t say that our goalkeeping has improved under him.

  • Ibizatoon

    Sep 22, 2015 at 3:18 PM

    Comment #10

    Keith…Not that bothered about those two. Althought perhaps this would have been an ‘easier’ game for Cisse to try and get back to what he does (or should do).

    As for Tiote, speculation, speculation, speculation. I realise the club don’t want to have to dismiss each rumour, but one such as this, surely needs clarifying.

    If it’s true, and he’s still being kept around the team, the club are mad. If it’s not true, and the club continue to not say anything and allow bad feeling to fester amongst supporters towards Tiote, then the club are also mad.

    I do wonder who is to gain the most from the idea of a bad apple or two derailing things for the club.

  • Graeme

    Sep 22, 2015 at 3:27 PM

    Comment #11

    Ibiza – Only because it wasn’t one of my projects mate lol

  • Ibizatoon

    Sep 22, 2015 at 4:01 PM

    Comment #12

    Graeme…I like it 🙂

    I shall just revert people to you next time I see the phrase.

  • Average_Contents

    Sep 22, 2015 at 4:09 PM

    Comment #13

    Staylor out for a couple of months now. Had an operation on his hamstring.

    Need to get rid, as much as I used to like him we constantly have thumper in the treatment room and what’s the point of him taking up a valuable place in the squad? Actually, what’s the point in him at all?

    Ah, that’s right. We’d have to replace him.

  • bladeuser

    Sep 22, 2015 at 4:11 PM

    Comment #14

    Cisse not playing Tom so it will 11 against 11

  • Jib

    Sep 22, 2015 at 4:17 PM

    Comment #15

    Gouffran hat trick
    GERRIN !!!!!

  • Ibizatoon

    Sep 22, 2015 at 4:20 PM

    Comment #16

    Where’s Riviere these days? Has he been injured?

    I know he wasn’t what we’re looking for from a striker, as in someone who gets goals, but some of his hold up and build up play was starting to look alright. Better than what we’ve seen from Cisse and Mitrovich, although the latter is only because he hasn’t managed to stay on the field.

    Wouldn’t mind seeing him get a run out tomorrow at some stage, if he’s about that is.

  • Ibizatoon

    Sep 22, 2015 at 4:23 PM

    Comment #17

    AC…It is a strange one. Each season we hear about how the club are looking to reduce our season crippling injuries, yet Taylor remains. It’d be interesting to see the PL injury tables for the past few seasons without him included.

    Nothing major against the guy, but as you say, what’s the point? He hardly plays. I think the whole ‘he’s good at letting the new lads what it means to play for NUFC’ thing is starting to fall flat on its face these days.

  • Ibizatoon

    Sep 22, 2015 at 4:24 PM

    Comment #18

    letting the new lads know*

  • Jib

    Sep 22, 2015 at 4:34 PM

    Comment #19

    centre back Mike Williamson (arm) and striker Emmanuel Riviere (knee)
    SM has never seen Manu play other than as a second half sub for Sissoko at Gateshead he didn’t make it to the States he has been injured that long.

  • Ibizatoon

    Sep 22, 2015 at 4:36 PM

    Comment #20

    Jib…Thanks. Was there a mention of when he was due back?

    What has become of me? I’m actually intrigued to know about Riviere!

  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Sep 22, 2015 at 4:47 PM

    Comment #21

    Both Cisse and Tiote and kiss my royal @rs$ 😉

  • Ibizatoon

    Sep 22, 2015 at 4:59 PM

    Comment #22

    Jesper…Then will they be able to play football again?

    Best get Obertan to give it a go. In fact, you may be bent over a while, the whole squad could use a go!

  • solano

    Sep 22, 2015 at 5:00 PM

    Comment #23

    Does anyone remember MR Woodman calling the travelling Toon fans C**ts??
    Ed’s convenient memory (always appropriate for pro-Pardew obsessors) unsurprisingly ignores this little blackspot against Woody in his editorial which (again) harkens back to the perceived ‘good old days’.

  • Jib

    Sep 22, 2015 at 5:00 PM

    Comment #24

    It was a major knee problem requiring surgery which was successful .There is a body of opinion that believes ER’s dearth of goals was a result of him trying to tough it out through the injury.
    If he recovers well we may see a different (better) player.

  • Jib

    Sep 22, 2015 at 5:02 PM

    Comment #25

    He only called some of them that.
    You were there weren’t you ? 😎

  • Ibizatoon

    Sep 22, 2015 at 5:07 PM

    Comment #26

    Solano…I’d love to see Ed quote that in an article.

    Jib…We shall see. His general play seemed okay, but his finishing was atrocious. Not sure we can put that down to toughing out an injury, but let’s hope so.

  • solano

    Sep 22, 2015 at 5:08 PM

    Comment #27

    Jib…if his insult was directed at you then there may have been mitigating circumstances 😉
    And No sir, I was most certainly not there!

  • Thump

    Sep 22, 2015 at 5:09 PM

    Comment #28

    Fscking glad he decided to do one, then. Pardew and Woodman are thick as fscking thieves – remember him having a pop at the fan on Twitter? Or him and Carver coming over to the away support at Southampton to have a go at the fans for exercising their right to protest?

  • Moonraker15

    Sep 22, 2015 at 5:29 PM

    Comment #29

    Glad Woodman’s gone as he was a Pardew ally and anything to do with that era is bad news.

    Compared to Pardew, McClaren is a breath of fresh air. The results are similar; it wouldn’t surprise me if we beat Chelsea at the weekend as we should have Mitrovic and they will be without Costa.

    They are learning the hard way what we all knew; ie Colo was finished and we should have signed Austin. McClaren should have known this but I believe the coaching team is at least quality.

    Just imagine what it was like with Pardew, Carver and Stone! Useless!

    It has to get better! Surely?


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