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.
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.