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Former coach gives dubious reasons as to why his son signed for Newcastle

6 years ago

Former Newcastle United coach Andy Woodman has given some strange reasoning as to why his son joined Newcastle United.

Freddie Woodman moved from the Crystal Palace Academy to the NUFC one in 2013, joining up with his father.

Of course that path has been reversed and just before the current season kicked off, Woodman senior rejoined his mate Alan Pardew at Selhurst Park.

In an interview with the South London Press, Andy Woodman claimed that Newcastle had been desperate for him to stay, although the rumours were that Mike Ashley was simply insisting on compensation from Palace before allowing Woodman to leave.

In the interview Andy Woodman said that Mike Ashley had ‘really believed’ in what Alan Pardew and his coaching staff were trying to do at St James Park.

Andy Woodman:

“There were three or four clubs that were very keen on signing him (Freddie Woodman).

“We looked at Newcastle because it was a club where goalkeepers came through the system and ended up playing in the first team – Tim Krul, Fraser Forster and Steve Harper. That was a really big sway.

“He is nicely positioned and has got a real chance.”

Andy Woodman joined Newcastle on 13 December 2010, immediately after Alan Pardew was unveiled.

In his reasoning as to why son Freddie was brought to Newcastle, he claims it was because of the opportunities for keepers coming through the system.

I have never been impressed by Andy Woodman as Newcastle’s goalkeeping coach and his logic seems equally flawed.

It was way back in the 90s when Steve Harper came through at Newcastle so I don’t know what relevance that has, plus Shay Given was brought in to play ahead of him.

Even Tim Krul got his chance before Mike Ashley came on the scene for the new look Newcastle United, plus he was brought in from another club rather than having come through as a kid – United having to pay Den Haag compensation.

It is with Fraser Forster though where Andy Woodman really makes it up as he goes along.

It was under Woodman’s watch (and no doubt advice to Pardew) where the Geordie keeper never got a chance in the first team, never playing a single minute of senior football at Newcastle, the major reason why he then felt forced to leave.

Woodman was at St James Park for almost two years before Fraser Forster was allowed to leave for a pittance to Celtic, before later going  on to cost Southampton £10m.

Forster then oversaw the tightest defence in the Premier League last season before a cruel injury put him out of the game until later this season.

Of course, the former Newcastle keeper has gone on to play for England since leaving both Andy Woodman and Newcastle United.

In recent years under Andy Woodman at Newcastle,we have seen Tim Krul get progressively worse in the United goal.

The early signs this season though are a bit more positive since the Dutch keeper has been working with Simon Smith.

Hopefully he can oversee a continuing improvement in Tim Krul, as well as the development and a future first team career for Freddie Woodman.

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