Andy Woodman recommended Crystal Palace goalkeeper Alex McCarthy to Newcastle United

Crystal Palace coach Andy Woodman used to work for Newcastle United.

Woodman left Newcastle earlier this season to join up with Alan Pardew at Crystal Palace, and a report in the Chronicle claims that he recommended the Magpies sign a player who now turns out for the Eagles.

The report claims that Woodman, when he was still working for the Tyneside outfit, told Newcastle chiefs to sign Alex McCarthy, the Palace goalkeeper who moved to Selhurst Park from QPR over the summer.

The Eagles moved for McCarthy to provide competition for Wayne Hennessey and Julian Speroni, and the 25-year-old has enjoyed a positive start to the season.

He played six consecutive games as first-choice stopper, but was dropped to the bench for the most recent two games - against Watford and West Brom - after a fairly large error which cost Palace a result against Spurs.

Hennessey has started the two games in his place, keeping two clean sheets, and it is likely that the Welsh stopper will start against West Ham when the Premier League returns this weekend.

Whilst McCarthy will be sitting on the bench, Newcastle themselves are in the midst of a goalkeeper crisis, having lost Tim Krul and Karl Darlow to injury, and needing to keep their faith in Rob Elliot and Freddie Woodman.

If only the Newcastle board had taken the advice of Woodman, the Magpies would be able to call upon a top class 'keeper in McCarthy with all their other players out of action.

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