The Chronicle has reported that former Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew is keen to poach a coach from his old club, to link up with him at Crystal Palace.
The paper states that Pardew wants goalkeeping coach Andy Woodman to join him down south, in a move which would see current Magpies boss Steve McClaren lose a key member of his backroom team before the start of the new Premier League season.
What are Pardew’s chances of success?
The Chronicle says that Pardew is keen to maintain a working relationship with Woodman, as the pair got on well together when the former was manager of the football club.
While the competitive season still hasn’t started for either Newcastle or Crystal Palace, there is still a very good chance that some sort of agreement could be reached between all parties.
That would leave McClaren with the issue of trying to draft someone in to guide the likes of Tim Krul and Karl Darlow, who has a similar level of coaching quality and experience.
The case against Woodman leaving
There is a good chance that Woodman will stay where is because the McClaren era has only just started at St James’ Park.
The coach may want to see what sort of ideas McClaren has and the way he wants to develop the club and Woodman could be excited about what he sees and hears, which puts him off of the idea of a move away.