After an overly long drawn out process, Andy Woodman has eventually left Newcastle United.
The goalkeeping coach was expected to leave when his mate Alan Pardew jumped ship in December but the move never materialised.
The Shields Gazette are reporting that Woodman has now finally departed after having agreed ‘a small settlement’ with the club.
Having followed Alan Pardew around various clubs, Andy Woodman is expected to once again join the former Newcastle boss at Crystal Palace.
The newspaper says that the club are yet to make a formal announcement but that Simon Smith is expected to replace him. Smith is currently part of the England coaching set-up and worked at Newcastle United previously under Ruud Gullit and Sir Bobby Robson.
Last September, Andy Woodman was lucky not to be sacked along with John Carver.
The pair showing a total lack of professionalism as they acted inappropriately towards the fans, Carver did it in the flesh on the day of the 4-0 hammering by Southampton, whilst the goalkeeping coach later embarrassed himself and the club when posting on social media.
Goalkeeping coach Andy Woodman was forced (along with Carver) to make a public apology after that September 2014 incident:
“I am very sorry for the ill-advised comment I posted privately on Twitter on Sunday morning, which was subsequently made public.
“It was never my intention, of course, for my response to enter the public domain.
“My response was a reaction to significant personal abuse I received from a number of fans which I felt exceeded that which was fair and balanced.
“That said, I understand my response was unacceptable and I regret my actions and apologise for any offence caused.”
I can only see this as a positive for the club and just a shame it is at this late stage they’ve finally got rid of him.
Under Andy Woodman; Rob Elliot has never looked fit enough, whilst Tim Krul has never recovered the consistency he showed in the 2011/12 season when United finished fifth and he was rated one of the best keepers in the Premier League.
Hopefully a new coach can help the likes of Tim Krul and Karl Darlow be as good as they possibly can be, along with Woodman’s son Freddie when he returns from his loan spell at Crawley Town.