Andy Woodman finally leaves Newcastle for Palace – with Simon Smith set to replace him

Andy Woodman
Andy Woodman

Goalkeeping coach Andy Woodman has left Newcastle United for Crystal Palace.

Woodman will be reunited with Alan Pardew at Selhurst Park.

The 43-year-old previously worked with Pardew at Newcastle, West Ham United and Charlton Athletic.

Woodman – who had five years left on his contract – is understood to have agreed a small settlement with United.

He said: “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.”

Managing Director Lee Charnley said: “Andy has been a popular member of the coaching staff with us here for almost five years and I would like to place on record our thanks and appreciation to him for his contribution to the club during that time.

“Andy leaves for Crystal Palace with our best wishes for the future.”

The club said an announcement on a new goalkeeping coach will be made in due course but the move paves the way for Simon Smith’s return to St James’s Park.

Smith was goalkeeping coach during the late Sir Bobby Robson’s time at Newcastle.

The 52-year-old has been working at the Football Association.

Meanwhile, Woodman’s son Freddie this week joined Crawley Town on loan from the Magpies.