Andy Woodman responds when asked why he left Newcastle United

Goalkeeping coach Woodman left Newcastle to join Crystal Palace.

Woodman left Newcastle following the appointment of Steve McClaren as head coach, and he has told the Chronicle why he opted to leave St James’ Park to link up with Alan Pardew at Crystal Palace.

He said: “I started pre-season [at Newcastle] with completely new staff right across the board. Alan and I have been friends for 30 years and speak regularly but I had a long contract with Newcastle and they were very keen on keeping me. But it was clear in my mind that I wanted to come back to Crystal Palace because it is close to my heart and I genuinely believe it is going places.”

Woodman has linked up with Pardew at Palace, following the manager to London after both working together on Tyneside, and they are prospering.

Palace look well set for a successful campaign, whilst the Magpies are sitting 19th in the Premier League table after six games, having yet to win a fixture.

Woodman has admitted that Newcastle boss McClaren wanted to keep him on Tyneside, especially considering the impressive work Woodman is regarded for having completed in his role at the club.

However, when Pardew, and Palace, came calling, the coach had no choice but to return to the club at which he started his career back in the 1980’s.

Woodman is well regarded for his work as a goalkeeping coach, and thankfully for Palace, he is now utilising his talents and experience in South London.

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