Vanarama National League South club Whitehawk have announced the appointment of former Newcastle United and Crystal Palace goalkeeper coach Andy Woodman as their new manager until the end of the season.

The move sees Woodman make his first move into management after an eleven year coaching career.

As a player he spent time with Northampton Town, Brentford and Oxford United, before moving into the dugout as assistant manager of Rushden and Diamonds in 2006.

His stay with the Diamonds was relatively short, leaving just months after his appointment to take up a role as goalkeeper coach at West Ham United.

That move meant that he linked up with Alan Pardew once again, with the pair spending time together as players at Crystal Palace in the early nineties.

Woodman continued to work at Pardew when the former Reading midfielder moved on to manage Charlton Athletic, Newcastle United and Crystal Palace.

Pardew was dismissed by Palace in December 2016 and following Sam Allardyce’s appointment Woodman also left Selhurst Park.

He now begins his first managerial appointment with Whitehawk, with the Hawks currently sat third from bottom in the Vanarama National League South table.

Speaking to the club’s official website, club President Chris Gargan said: “Although this will be Andy’s first managerial role, he has a vast amount of knowledge of the game, which is evident from his CV.

“He is a big presence, and will be bringing in some fresh players as we look to move up the table and improve our current situation.

“He is an impressive character, who has many connections and I am excited for the rest of the season.”

Woodman’s first game in charge of the Hawks will be a tough one, as they travel to promotion chasing Dartford this coming Saturday.

Article: Mark Carruthers (@marknldaily)
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