Bromley Football Club have appointed Arsenal goalkeeper coach Andy Woodman as their first-team manager.

NORTHAMPTON, ENGLAND: Arsenal U21 goalkeeper coach Andy Woodman looks on during the Leasing.com Trophy match between Northampton Town and Arsenal U21 at PTS Academy Stadium on August 27, 2019. (Photo by Pete Norton/Getty Images)

Bromley FC report that they’ve appointed Arsenal u23 goalkeeping coach Andy Woodman as their first-team manager, with Woodman to take charge with immediate effect ahead of Friday’s clash with Wealdstone FC.

As well as coaching the Arsenal u23 goalkeepers, Woodman was also Head of Goalkeeping at Arsenal. They’ll now need to look for a replacement in that role.

Woodman admitted he’s excited to get the chance to move into management.

“I am delighted to be given the opportunity to lead such an ambitious Club and am looking forward to working towards fulfilling that ambition,” Woodman told the Bromley website.

“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.”

Arsenal u23 Joseph Olowu is currently on loan with Bromley’s weekend opponents Wealdstone, but a reunion between him and Woodman is unlikely given his current struggles with a calf injury. The defender was initially ruled out until “at least” April.

As for Woodman, he obviously sees this as a chance to take on more responsibilities and lead a team, albeit one a few tiers lower down the football pyramid than Arsenal. We wish him well with his next step.