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.