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Archive for the month “July, 2015”

Newcastle Goalkeeping Coach Close To Sealing Palace Switch

The long-anticipated deal for Newcastle goalkeeping coach Andy Woodman to join Alan Pardew at Crystal Palace looks to be edging towards its completion, with plenty of news outlets in the North East suggesting that the two club’s are close to agreeing a compensation fee.

A loyal member of Pardew’s staff, Woodman had previously worked under him at West Ham and Charlton Athletic, before following him to St James’ Park in 2010, where he has remained ever since.

Part of the same Palace squad as Pardew in his playing career, Woodman’s own son Freddie was on the club’s books a few years ago, before relocating to Tyneside to join his dad, but now it looks as though both will be moving south once more, with the young keeper having recently agreed to a loan at Crawley Town.

Whilst a fee has yet to be finalised between ourselves and the Magpies, it now looks to simply be matter of time until an official announcement is made, with Steve McClaren tipped to bring in Bobby Robson’s former goalkeeping coach Simon Smith as Woodman’s replacement in due time.

Any conversations you have with Newcastle fans will give the impression that Woodman would be a poor appointment for the club, but in truth, they were equally scathing about Alan Pardew when he returned to Selhurst Park at the start of 2015, and up until now, that move has worked out pretty well for everyone of a red and blue persuasion.

Should an official announcement be made over the weekend, we’ll have reaction to the news on the site as soon as possible.

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Wickham’s Potential Arrival Paves The Way For Murray To Move On

The impending arrival of Sunderland striker Connor Wickham at Crystal Palace could well signal the end of the road for Glenn Murray at Selhurst Park, with the Cumbrian thought to be unsure over his long-term role in Alan Pardew’s plans.

With Eddie Howe’s Bournemouth thought to be heavily interested in taking the 31-year-old to the Goldsands before the transfer window closes, a fee could well be agreed between the two clubs within the next day or so, now that Wickham is on his way to SE25 for talks over personal terms, which alongside the loan signing of Patrick Bamford, gives the Eagles a decent talent pool with which to attack the new Premier League campaign.

Whilst Murray’s form last season proved beyond all doubt that he was good enough to mix it with the country’s best from week to week, his advancing years have understandably led the club to look further afield for a long-term replacement, with Wickham possessing many similar attributes at the age of just 22; not that it will make it easy for many of our fans to wave goodbye to Glenn.

Although the former Brighton man only signed a new contract with the club last season, big money deals for many of his teammates since, alongside the arrival Yohan Cabaye and Patrick Bamford in recent weeks have seen Alan Pardew and Steve Parish moving the club in a new direction, with Murray understandably wary about being forced to spend the majority of his time on the bench between now and January.

At Bournemouth, his goal-scoring prowess and top flight experience would be much welcomed by Eddie Howe and his players, as they do their best to navigate their way through the club’s maiden Premier League campaign without hitting a roadblock. He may not start every week, with Callum Wilson having just agreed a new long-term contract with the Cherries himself, but he could be sure that his influence would count for a great deal amongst a squad who are refreshingly eager to learn what it takes to survive in what is arguably Europe’s most competitive division.

Parting ways with Glenn would be extremely difficult, but for the man himself, it would be an understandable move, given the limited time he has left in the game.

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