The Nottingham-born striker, who played for Cologne from 1979-82 before joining Arsenal, returned to Germany in 1986 and remained there. It is so much home to him that he speaks English with a German accent.
"I more readily speak German now," he said. "It can take a while to re- adjust to being English. It is a different culture but, then again, I am only 15 minutes from the airport; I can be in the West End in an hour and a half. The world gets smaller."
He occasionally thinks of returning. "I see the news on satellite television and when I hear about managerial changes I sometimes think I might just fancy. But you need all the qualifications to get a chance here. It takes four to five years to get them and I've got mine."
After an ill-starred 113 days in charge at VfB Leipzig last season, Woodcock now manages Preussen Cologne, a newly formed semi-professional club in the Third Division. "It has been built from nothing with a new stadium, new everything. It's an interesting challenge."
Now 39, Woodcock became a father last week for the third time when his German girlfriend, Daniela, gave birth to a daughter, Alexa. Married previously, his other children, Eliza, 11, and Jack, 14, live in Surrey.Reuse content