Alan Pardew’s mate, Andy Woodman, has now found his way into management.
The former Newcastle coach has taken over at Whitehawk FC, who currently lie 20th (third bottom) in the National League South.
Simon Smith replaced Woodman as Newcastle’s goalkeeping coach when he left to follow Pardew after the Newcastle Manager jumped ship to Selhurst Park.
After the sacking of Pardew and Allardyce’s appointment, Andy Woodman then left Palace in early January.
In the official Whitehawk FC announcement (see below), they use quotes from Alan Pardew where he talks of Woodman as being his ‘right hand man for over 12 years’. This confirms what many Newcastle fans thought at the time, Andy Woodman rather than John Carver being who Pardew most relied on at St James Park.
Apart from helping to produce Newcastle keeper Freddie Woodman, the new Whitehawk FC boss will be best remembered for his disgraceful behaviour when abusing Newcastle supporters after a 4-0 defeat at Southampton.
Both he and John Carver were forced to apologise by the club for their behaviour and were lucky not to be sacked.
As yet, no sign of our old mate Alan Pardew getting back into management.
Whitehawk FC Official Announcement:
‘Whitehawk Football Club are delighted to announce that Andy Woodman has been appointed as First Team Manager until the end of the season.
A well-respected coach in the English game, Andy has consistently provided a passionate, driven and technically skilled influence to a management team throughout his 11 year coaching career. Most recently the Goalkeeping Coach for Alan Pardew at Crystal Palace, he has also contributed to player development and team success at the highest level for Newcastle United, Charlton Athletic and West Ham United.
Andy is focused on having a positive impact on a club across all areas through his exceptional level of knowledge and experience. From improving team performance and driving continuous youth development, to overseeing player recruitment and performance analysis, to building positive relationships throughout the staff and local community, he offers an invaluable resource to an ambitious club.
Talking about his appointment, club President Chris Gargan said: “Although this will be Andy’s first managerial role, he has a vast amount of knowledge of the game, which is evident from his CV.
“He is a big presence, and will be bringing in some fresh players as we look to move up the table and improve our current situation.
“He is an impressive character, who has many connections and I am excited for the rest of the season.”
As a goalkeeper coach, he has worked with the likes of Wayne Hennessey, Tim Krul and Rob Green, as well as current Hawks no. 1 Tom Stewart.
Woodman, 45, enjoyed a successful playing career in goal, starting as a youngster at Crystal Palace. He went on to play over 100 times for Northampton Town in addition to spells with Brentford, Colchester United, Oxford United and Stevenage.
Talking about Woodman, Pardew said: “Andy Woodman has worked as my right hand man for over 12 years and during that time we have enjoyed fantastic success and results at the clubs we have represented on the field. I hope that relationship will continue but I’m aware that Andy will no doubt manage his own team within the near future.”