News this morning that Andy Woodman could still be on his way out of St James Park.

The Chronicle reporting that United’s goalkeeping coach wasn’t included in the official photo shoot of the NUFC backroom staff on Monday, though he was at the training ground and seen working with Tim Krul.

The Dutch keeper having returned for pre season training a few days after the rest of the squad, with the likes of Daryl Janmaat and Moussa Sissoko, who had also been on summer international duty.

The newspaper claims that there has been an offer on the table to Andy Woodman from Alan Pardew to join him at Crystal Palace since the end of the season, though with the coach contracted until 2020 Mike Ashley will likely be looking for compensation.

Woodman has been at Pardew’s side almost ever since joining him at West Ham in 2006, then following to Charlton and later reunited at Newcastle.

With Tim Krul rarely reaching the heights of  the 2011/12 season in the last three years and Rob Elliot failing to convince when getting his opportunity, I don’t think many Newcastle fans would lose any sleep if the goalkeeping coach left.

In addition, Jak Alnwick looked totally unprepared when suddenly promoted to first choice keeper in Krul and Elliot’s absence last season.

With only QPR’s keepers conceding more goals last season, a new face surely couldn’t do any harm.

Andy Woodman also fell foul of supporters in the aftermath of the infamous 4-0 defeat at Southampton last season.

John Carver was involved in a verbal confrontation with Newcastle fans at the game, whilst Woodman later let himself and the club down with his behaviour on social media later that night.

Both were disciplined by the club and warned as to their future conduct.

The one concern of the goalkeeping coach leaving would be the position of his son Freddie Woodman, the young keeper looking a great prospect and one that Newcastle need to keep hold of.

  • IndianToon

    Must be laid off for a good compensation nonetheless (that’s gonna be the caveat I worry)! Krul should have developed into something in the lines of Hart, De Gea, Forster, or better, after that cracking 11-12 season. Instead, he has gotten worse with his positioning, distribution and expecially in his command in the 6-yard. Looks horrible when decent dead-balls are floated from the flanks. Has been made to look ok thanks to his natural shot stopping abilities and reflexes so far, else it had been even atrocious!

    And the second rankers, Elliott and Alnwick, less said the better for those two. We got to have some (Eric) Steele now in the GK coaching dept. :-)

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  • Geordieinexile

    I fear losing the coach will lead to us losing the good young prospect. ….

  • 1957

    He is last of the Pardew first team coaches and if the greatest living English manager wants him get some compo and let him go. He was obviously Pardew’s most trusted coach, a contributor to the decline in playing standards, and it’s telling Pardew linked with him and not Carver and Stone.

  • magpie9

    If fatty can pocket some cash & reduce the wage bill there should be no speculation about his departure, he is off to Pardew fairyland

  • Phildene

    Losing Andy Woodman wouldn’t be a loss as McClaren would have his own go coach coming in, plus Woodmans son is contracted to nufc and doesn’t want to leave-as far as I’ve heard anyway

  • Andrew Barton

    I can’t believe that clown is still there. Get rid!

  • desree

    If his son is that good then he won’t want to be following his dad around surely? What happens if Real Madrid come knocking on his door, ‘OK but me dad comes too”?

  • Kazie23

    I hope he joins Alan Pardew so we can get in Eric Steele

  • Kazie23

    I hope Andy Woodman leaves so that we can get Eric Steele

  • Kazie23

    I hope we do get him in as our GK coach…his far berter than what we have at he moment in Andy Woodman