Andy Woodman’s close to leaving Newcastle United after almost five years at St James’s Park
Woodman – whose son Freddie yesterday joined Crawley Town on loan – is the sole survivor of former manager Alan Pardew’s backroom team.
The only thing Freddie lacks at the moment is experience in league football, and that is what this loan spell with give him.Mark Yates
John Carver and Steve Stone – who were also handed eight-year deals in 2020 – were paid up in the summer, but Woodman stayed on in his role at St James’s Park.
Woodman – who was not at Bootham Crescent tonight for Newcastle’s friendly against York City – is expected to join up with Pardew at Crystal Palace.
Pardew is looking for a goalkeeping coach following the departure of George Wood, who left the club earlier this month.
However, Palace are understood to be unwilling to pay compensation to land Woodman, who has been preparing Tim Krul and Karl Darlow for the new Premier League season.
But there could be developments over the coming days.
McClaren had Eric Steele as his goalkeeping coach at previous club Derby County, and the 61-year-old has been linked with a move to Newcastle. Steele followed McClaren out of the iPro Stadium in the summer, and had been out of work.
But the Geordie – who started his playing career at St James’s Park – has taken up a new role at the Football Association working with England’s youth teams.
And should Woodman leave, it is by no means certain that the club will turn to Steele, despite his affinity with United and previous association with McClaren.
Meanwhile, Woodman Jnr will stay at Crawley until January. The England Under-18 international is highly regarded at St James’s Park, but he is not yet played a competitive first-team match.
“We are delighted to have been able to bring one of the best young goalkeepers in the country to the club,” said Crawley boss Mark Yates.
“The only thing Freddie lacks at the moment is experience in league football, and that is what this loan spell with give him.
“He has all the attributes to become a top-class keeper, and I have to thank Steve McClaren, Andy Woodman and everyone at Newcastle for letting us have Freddie for the first half of the season.”