WITH Alan Pardew’s switch from Newcastle United to Crystal Palace set to be completed, attention will soon turn to his plans for the future at Selhurst Park.
The January transfer window is set to swing open, while Pardew will also be looking to set up his backroom team.
Could any Newcastle players or staff follow Pardew to London? Here, the Gazette looks at five people who could make the same switch.
Woodman is Pardew’s trusted goalkeeping coach, having also worked with him at West Ham United and Charlton Athletic.
The 43-year-old first met Pardew during their time together as players at Crystal Palace, the club where Woodman began his career.
It would be no surprise to see him follow Pardew back to Selhurst Park.
However, it appears John Carver and Steve Stone – also part of Pardew’s first-team staff at St James’s Park – will not join him at Palace.
Pardew is known to be a big admirer of Gouffran, who was consistently in his Newcastle team after joining from Bordeaux in January 2013.
The 28-year-old joined United as a forward, but has spent much of his time at St James’s Park on the left flank.
His performances, particularly this season, have come in for much criticism, but Pardew always stuck by him.
Only last week, Pardew praised Gouffran after his performance against Manchester United. Could he try to lure him to Selhurst Park?
Williamson has been in and out of favour during Pardew’s four years at Newcastle, but has been in the team more often than not.
The defender has put in some fine performances during that time, and proved many of his doubters wrong.
However, at the start of this season, his standard dropped, as it had done at times during his first two years in the Premier League.
The 31-year-old may not be a first choice under Newcastle’s new manager, with Fabricio Coloccini and Steven Taylor expected to line up in defence, so Pardew may look to take him with him.
Woodman is rated highly by the club, and it appears unlikely they would be willing to let him leave without a fight.
However, if his father, Andy, followed Pardew to Selhurst Park, it is not beyond the realms of possibility that Freddie could, too.
The goalkeeper has been on the books of Palace before, and joined Newcastle from the London club, who he still has some affinity with.
It would be no surprise if Pardew and Andy Woodman tried to lure the 17-year-old to Palace, but would he be willing to leave Tyneside?
Hatem Ben Arfa
Nah. Maybe not.