Goalkeeping coach Andy Woodman has now made his switch from Newcastle to Crystal Palace permanent, leaving Tyneside after five years to be reunited with former boss and teammate Alan Pardew at Selhurst Park.
Whilst most Magpies fans will say that they’re happy to see the back of Woodman, after a spell in which they feel Tim Krul has regressed hugely as a keeper, the man himself had nothing but positive things to say about the club and the city when speaking about the move yesterday.
“It has been an honour to work for Newcastle United. I have thoroughly enjoyed my five years in the North-East. Myself and my family love this city and the region which had become our home.
“It’s been particularly pleasing during my time here to have worked with Tim Krul and played a part in him rising through the ranks to become the Club’s first choice goalkeeper and a regular international.
“It is sad to be leaving, but I am also very proud that my son Freddie remains part of the Club and I am sure he has a bright future playing for Newcastle.”
Admittedly, news of Woodman’s arrival is nowhere near as exciting as the supposedly impending arrival of Connor Wickham, from Sunderland, but with the new season now just a week away, we can look towards the new season safe in the knowledge that Alan Pardew finally has Woodman in place after months of trying to get him out of his contract at St James’ Park.
Let’s hope we don’t end feeling the same way about him as the majority of the Toon Army seem to.