Newcastle coach is out of the picture
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.
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