Woodman resignation sparks claims Alan Pardew set to take new job
After proving to be the very worst Manager across all four divisions in 2016, Alan Pardew was eventually sacked by Crystal Palace just before Christmas.
Since that point, the former Newcastle boss has been linked with numerous posts at other clubs.
Amongst the many have been Leeds United and Sheffield Wednesday, plus Sunderland and Middlesbrough in recent days/weeks.
Pardew may now be on the verge of taking on a new job if media reports are to be believed.
His best mate Andy Woodman took on the job of managing non-league Whitehawk FC in February.
In danger of relegation from the National League South at the time, Woodman guided them to safety and they finished seven points clear of the drop.
However, Wednesday saw the non-leaguers confirm that their Manager had suddenly resigned despite the successful time he experienced at the club.
Whether or not this is simply making two and two add up to four, the claims from the south are that Woodman’s departure is due to an imminent job for Alan Pardew with Andy Woodman assisting him.
The pair have already been together at the likes of Charlton, West Ham, Newcastle and Crystal Palace, Woodman having followed his mate out of Selhurst Park after Pardew’s sacking in December.
Whitehawk FC Official Statement – 25 May 2017:
‘Whitehawk FC can today confirm that First Team Manager Andy Woodman has left the club by mutual consent.
Andy joined the club in February 2017 with the club in the National League South relegation zone and following changes to many aspects, he led The Hawks to safety, securing a 17th place finish, 7 points above the relegation zone.
Everyone at the club wishes Andy the very best of luck for the future and we wish to place on record our thanks for his services whilst at the club.’
One positive from Woodman’s time at Newcastle, was that son Freddie moved to St James Park from Crystal Palace.
The 20 year old keeper got rave reviews in his time on loan at Kilmarnock this season and is currently in South Korea as England attempt to win the Under 20s World Cup.
He kept a clean sheet in the opening 3-0 win over Argentina but sat out the disappointing 1-1 draw with Guinea.
England now need a result against South Korea on Friday in their final group match to ensure they qualify for the knockout stages.
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