Bromley appoint Andy Woodman as their new manager
BROMLEY have unveiled Andy Woodman, 49, as their new manager.
Camberwell-born Woodman holds 15 years of coaching experience, most of which has been in the Premier League, and will take charge with immediate effect ahead of Friday’s home Vanarama National League clash with Wealdstone.
In his playing career, goalkeeper Woodman started out at Crystal Palace and went on to play for Northampton Town, Brentford, Southend United and Colchester United among others in a career that saw him make 438 appearances.
He started his coaching journey in 2006 with Football League outfit Rushden & Diamonds, where he was assistant manager. Following this, he reunited with former team-mate Alan Pardew as goalkeeping coach at West Ham United. The pair then moved onto Charlton Athletic, where they spent three years together, before being appointed at Newcastle United.
Following a five-year stint at St James’ Park, Woodman then returned South with Pardew to continue his Premier League coaching career, becoming a coach at Crystal Palace.
Woodman arrives at Hayes Lane from Arsenal, where he was appointed Head of Goalkeeping in 2018, working alongside some of the country’s top goalkeepers and professionals.
A club statement said: “With his breadth of experience at the very top level in the professional game, Andy has all the necessary skills and knowledge to progress the club further on its journey.”
Woodman, who holds a track record of coaching in the Premier League, is excited to get started at Hayes Lane.
He said: “I am delighted to be given the opportunity to lead such an ambitious club and am looking forward to working towards fulfilling that ambition.
“The chairman and his vision for the club, along with the existing and planned facilities make for an incredibly exciting time ahead for players, staff and supporters.”
Bromley parted company with Neil Smith last Thursday and had coaches Alan Dunne and Roger Johnson in temporary charge for their 3-0 defeat at Wrexham at the weekend.
The Lillywhites are now in tenth-place in the Vanarama National League table with 41 points from 29 league games, four points adrift of the play-off zone.
Woodman was in charge of then National League South side Whitehawk between February and June 2017 where he won six of his 18 games in charge, helping the Brighton-based club finish in seventeenth-place out of 22 sides in the second tier of non-league football.
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