Newcastle planning for Andy Woodman’s departure amid Palace interest

Andy Woodman
Andy Woodman

Newcastle United are drawing up a shortlist of candidates to replace goalkeeping Andy Woodman.

Woodman is wanted by Crystal Palace, where he would be reunited with Alan Pardew.

Up to now, Palace have been reluctant to pay compensation for Woodman, who has five years left on his United contract. And Newcastle have been unwilling to pay Woodman up knowing he would walk into a job at Selhurst Park.

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

Woodman is the only survivor of Pardew’s backroom team at St James’s Park.

Unlike John Carver and Steve Stone, he was not paid up in the summer and remains on Steve McClaren’s staff.

Up to now, Palace have been reluctant to pay compensation for Woodman, who has five years left on his United contract.

And Newcastle have been unwilling to pay Woodman up in full knowing he would walk into a job at Selhurst Park.

However, with the new season a starting next weekend, and both clubs needing to know where they stand, developments are expected over the coming days.

Woodman was not at Bootham Crescent for Newcastle’s friendly against York City on Wednesday night.

United goalkeepers Karl Darlow and Rob Elliot had to warm themselves up for the match, which McClaren’s side lost 2-1.

Palace are looking for a goalkeeping coach after the departure of George Wood earlier this month.

Should Woodman leave, United could turn to Newton Aycliffle-born Simon Smith, who was Sir Bobby Robson’s goalkeeping coach during his time at St James’s Park.

Another potential candidate is former Hartlepool United goalkeeper Anthony Williams.

Williams was at Carlisle United with Newcastle assistant coach Paul Simpson.

The 37-year-old started taking his coaching badges while at Brunton Park, and has since coached at a number of clubs.

Williams also worked under the late Gary Speed during his time in charge of Wales.

However, Eric Steele – who was McClaren’s goalkeeping coach at his former club Derby County – is not understood to be coming to United.

Steele – who started his playing career at Newcastle – recently took a job at the Football Association.