Reports earlier today claimed that Andy Woodman had left Newcastle United.

Now the club have released an official statement confirming that the goalkeeping coach has vacated St James Park.

It was to widespread surprise that Woodman didn’t once again instantly follow Alan Pardew out of the club in December, the pair having been together for most of Pardew’s managerial career at various clubs.

However, this has proved to be only a temporary delay, with the NUFC statement revealing that Andy Woodman is indeed taking up a position at Crystal Palace.

Newcastle United official statement

Newcastle United today announced that goalkeeping coach Andy Woodman will leave the club with immediate effect to take on a role at Crystal Palace under Alan Pardew.

Managing Director Lee Charnley said:

“Andy has been a popular member of the coaching staff with us here for almost five years and I would like to place on record our thanks and appreciation to him for his contribution to the club during that time.

“Andy leaves for Crystal Palace with our best wishes for the future.”

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Andy Woodman said:

“It has been an honour to work for Newcastle United.  I have thoroughly enjoyed my five years in the North East.  Myself and my family love this city and the region which had become our home.

“It’s been particularly pleasing during my time here to have worked with Tim Krul and played a part in him rising through the ranks to become the club’s first choice goalkeeper and a regular international.

“It is sad to be leaving, but I am also very proud that my son Freddie remains part of the club and I am sure he has a bright future playing for Newcastle.”

The appointment of a new goalkeeping coach will be announced in due course.