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Newcastle Could Be Losing Top Player – Unexpectedly

1:05 pm, Tuesday, May 24th, 2016 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 86 Comments

Last night there was news that Andros Townsend was traveling to Lisbon to have talks about signing for Sporting Lisbon, who want to activate the release clause in Andros’ Newcastle contract.

The latest news is that he will be signing for the Portuguese club, but it’s still unclear whether there is any truth in the reports.

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Andros Townsend – could be leaving Newcastle

The reports claim that Andros was given permission to leave the England squad by manager Roy Hodgson to visit Sporting Lisbon in Portugal, but if that’s true then surely Newcastle would have been informed of the situation.

Other reports say that the England players were let go yesterday afternoon and didn’t have to report back until tomorrow morning, so that also gave a timeframe for Andros to travel to Portugal.

This would be a huge blow to Newcastle if these reports turn out to be true, because from what Townsend has said he seemed willing to stay at the club, if Rafa stayed and play for us in the Championship next season.

He had talked highly of Benitez and in the nine weeks the Spaniard was at Newcastle, Andros said the former Liverpool manager  had already made him a better player – and one reason he had made the England 26 man squad.

The main report is in the Record, a Lisbon newspaper, who had this front page today.

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Sporting finished just behind Benfica in the Portuguese League with an impressive 86 points, two points behind Benfica.

If this happens then maybe it will allow Newcastle to hold onto one of the players we were expecting to sell – Gini Wijnaldum or Moussa Sissoko – if they will agree to stay at Newcastle.

But this is the collateral damage that happens when a club gets relegated – and in any case we don’t want to keep any players at the club who don’t want to stay.

It does seem a  strange move for Andros to make however, as he’s keen to stay in the England squad and we would have thought staying in England would have helped that.

One last point – how could they ever afford his £80K/week wages he’s supposed to be getting on Tyneside?

If this rumor has no substance to it we would expect Newcastle to make a short announcement clarifying the situation.

Comments welcome.



Tags: Andros Townsend · Contracts · Newcastle News · Premier League · Transfer News and Rumours




86 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Spoof // May 24, 2016 at 1:06 PM

    They could never afford to pay his wages, this is a non-starter.

  • 2 toonincheek // May 24, 2016 at 1:08 PM

    Agreed.

    No doubt Sporting Lisbon could match the (rumoured) 12m buy-out clause.
    But would they be able to match his wages, or otherwise tempt Andros into a permanent move?

  • 3 martoon // May 24, 2016 at 1:15 PM

    YCMIU from last topic – “The trouble with quibbles”………………………….. 🙂

  • 4 Jib // May 24, 2016 at 1:15 PM

    This has more believability
    Juventus have offered €6.5million for Janmaat which we have rejected.
    Calcio Mercato thinks they’ll have to offer at least €12 million to get him as there are PL clubs sniffing around.
    http://www.calciomercatoweb.it/2016/05/23/janmaat-juventus-ce-lofferta/

  • 5 YoungMagpieFromBurnley // May 24, 2016 at 1:16 PM

    Townsend will 100% stay if Rafa does, he’s always saying how much he has improved him in his short time. Trust me guys he is staying.

  • 6 BandB // May 24, 2016 at 1:18 PM

    It’s worth watching Townsend as he is by far the most likely to stay because of Rafa.
    I believe the buy-out clause is £8m.

  • 7 WWSBRD // May 24, 2016 at 1:18 PM

    Don’t see this happening but I do expect Townsend to leave

  • 8 Spoof // May 24, 2016 at 1:18 PM

    Townsend’s career has been blighted due to managers never trusting him and giving him an extended run, Rafa is a top manager who could get us back up and challenging at the top end of the PL table again, and he does seem to rate Townsend very highly, what was it he said about Andros, he doesn’t realise just how good he is, something on those lines anyway, so would Townsend not stay to see if we can get back up straight away and then see what happens, he could move and be in the doldrums again, and he knows better than most what that is like, and he also knows that unless it’s self inflicted that won’t happen here, I doubt that he would want to go, not even to a PL team.

  • 9 bettyswallocks // May 24, 2016 at 1:19 PM

    My dentist in Gosforth is excellent and I’m sure would be able to take Rafa and his associates as new clients. They are saying they are full and are not taking new clients as such as I tried to introduce a friend of mine who has moved up from the south and they weren’t interested . However I’m sure that with Rafa being so high profile he’d be ok.

  • 10 Spoof // May 24, 2016 at 1:23 PM

    Janmaat is dreadful, he would be the first on my get out list, dreadful defender, I do expect Rafa to get rid and replace with a defender who can defend, as we know Rafa does like to keep it tight and compact so fullbacks who cannot defend I would expect to be playing elsewhere, I cannot see Dummett leaving as he is good at defending, but Janmaat, dreadful, the sooner he goes the better.

  • 11 BandB // May 24, 2016 at 1:26 PM

    Obviously the club will be very keen to ensure its executive grade people don’t have to mix with the Bolshie, flat-cap wearing peasants and freeloaders who inhabit the north-east.
    Hence the extended contract talks.

  • 12 Novocastrian66 // May 24, 2016 at 1:27 PM

    Townsend will definitely be away. As will Janmatt, Sissoko and Winjaldum.

  • 13 martoon // May 24, 2016 at 1:30 PM

    BandB – I’ve heard the figure of £8m as well. What puzzles me is why buy a player for £12m and then put a £8m release clause in his contract???

  • 14 Jib // May 24, 2016 at 1:30 PM

    http://www.record.xl.pt/futebol/futebol-nacional/liga-nos/sporting/detalhe/townsend-ja-foi-treinador-por-villas-boas.html

    This is the piece Ed is on about
    It seems to be saying that AVB rated Townsend when he managed Tottenham.

    AVB is back in Portugal after refusing to sign an extension to his Zenit SP contract to spend more time with his family.

    What a shitstirring rag the Sun is.

  • 15 Lee Charnley Bunga Party // May 24, 2016 at 1:31 PM

    @Spoof

    I cant see Janmaat wanting to put in 100% against championship wingers he was at fault for a lot of goals last season by just not looking for runners or marking properly or putting in the effort ! Against Southampton was one of the worst I have seen from a full back!

    Dummett plays against fast wingers every week and he doesn’t lose the rag punching walls and getting sent off we looked so much better with Anita at right back as he has pace and is positionally aware !

    When he first came to the club he looked good going forward but probably cant be bothered with us after a season of Carver and Mclaren ! Benitez could turn him around but I imagine he would want his own right back in which I would be fine with

  • 16 Jib // May 24, 2016 at 1:31 PM

    I think the Record is the Sun’s sister paper

  • 17 hate // May 24, 2016 at 1:36 PM

    It’s totally expected to loose our best player. Won’t be surprised at all.

  • 18 BandB // May 24, 2016 at 1:36 PM

    martoon

    Isn’t it quite usual for a relegation release clause to be significantly lower than the market value?
    He was signed in January when relegation was already a live possibility, and he has England ambitions. He may have asked for it.
    Obviously, he can’t afford to be seen to be saying one thing and seeking another.

  • 19 YoungMagpieFromBurnley // May 24, 2016 at 1:38 PM

    Betty was that post about? Hshs

  • 20 YoungMagpieFromBurnley // May 24, 2016 at 1:38 PM

    Haha* ?

  • 21 BandB // May 24, 2016 at 1:38 PM

    It’s part of Trinity Mirror, Jib.
    Definitely NOT a sister paper……..:)

  • 22 Our Toon // May 24, 2016 at 1:39 PM

    Can people explain why they think townsend would want to stay? Other than he Benitez got the best out of him, the lad will jump ship as he always had that buyout clause even though he told us he was confident of staying up.

    It’s common practice, say one thing in the press and do something else behind the scenes, he will go this summer, the clause is his guarantee of someone matches it and rafa staying will have no impact on him at all, those thinking it will are deluding themselves

  • 23 Shadow_Shearer // May 24, 2016 at 1:41 PM

    I’ve heard a few times townsend doesn’t have a relegation clause. He signed with the confidence we were going to stay up.

  • 24 Lee Charnley Bunga Party // May 24, 2016 at 1:43 PM

    @Shadow_Shearer

    Was this not reported at the time ? Pretty sure Shelvey doesn’t have a release clause either

  • 25 BandB // May 24, 2016 at 1:44 PM

    Our Toon

    He has spent a fair bit of time blowing smoke around (and up) and sounding positive about the “Rafalution.”
    There’s no need at all for him to do this, as it is bound to backfire.
    But yeah, off course, he could be talking out of his arse.

  • 26 martoon // May 24, 2016 at 1:44 PM

    BandB – Yeah you’re probably right – it just seems like poor business. I’m not sure if this story is true or not because you would think he would want to stay in this country because of his England ambitions – if it was a Premiership team then I could believe it more.

  • 27 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // May 24, 2016 at 1:47 PM

    Martoon

    A classic trek episode.

  • 28 BandB // May 24, 2016 at 1:49 PM

    martoon

    It’s one of those “exclusives” that no-one else seems to have been that bothered to follow up.
    Which usually means the writer or desk has taken a flyer.

  • 29 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // May 24, 2016 at 1:54 PM

    The Mag have various tweets on thier townsend article, including a photo of him with a fan at the aiport. Than there is a picture of a guy holding a sign that says “Townsend, Andrew” (yes, Andrew, not Andros) it is supposed to be lisbon airport. I have doubts if they cant even get his name right.

  • 30 Shadow_Shearer // May 24, 2016 at 1:56 PM

    Lee charnley bunga

    I’m sure it was reported at the time. & if he was to leave, im sure he would wait till after the euros rather than rush off. Sounds like a newspaper rumor.

  • 31 G // May 24, 2016 at 1:59 PM

    There were rumours doing the rounds that we could loan him for a season, if no promotion, then he could leave for 8m. Again, this was purely speculation, however, given the circumstances we were in when he signed, its plausable?

  • 32 Spoof // May 24, 2016 at 2:00 PM

    Our Toon

    yes it is common practice but that doesn’t mean it’s assured, remember the last time we went down and Jonas said he would stay if he got assurances from his international manager that it wouldn’t affect his chances of making the Argentina side, I think it was Maradona, but whoever it was gave those assurances and he did stay, now it was Townsend’s father who hinted that due to what has happened to Andros in such a short space of time, that even if the clause is met just like Rafa he may decide not to go anyway, now why would his father say that, there was no need for him to do so, but he did so we have to ask why and the logical conclusion is that Andros himself would rather stay.

  • 33 Shadow_Shearer // May 24, 2016 at 2:03 PM

    It would be different if next year was world cup. Every player would be leaving to make the international team. It’s a good thing world cup is 2 years away

  • 34 dok - the horrid colonial // May 24, 2016 at 2:07 PM

    if you want something done well, you take the time to do it properly.. in rafa’s case, get it sorted out correctly, and we begin to build our club the way it should’ve been all along…

    im not worried about the wait for his announcement… itll be well worth it imo…

  • 35 Ron Knee // May 24, 2016 at 2:09 PM

    “Rafa Benitez is taking soundings on potential players and young players who spent last season out on loan as he continues to work towards building a Championship-ready squad for next season.

    Benitez wants to hit the ground running for next season and has assembled plans for pre-season as well as taking decisions on contract renewals. He has also taken soundings on Adam Armstrong and contacted managers with Championship experience in preparation for next season.

    A formal agreement still seems a “few days” away.

    At the moment the view from both camps is that there is no reason to panic. Although currently in the North West, Benitez remains in contact with Lee Charnley and the club and there have been no hitches.”

  • 36 BandB // May 24, 2016 at 2:09 PM

    People have a habit of telling journalists what they think they want to hear.
    It is pretty much a failsafe rule of thumb.
    Townsend wanted out of Spurs because he’d dropped out of the limelight and therefore out of England contention.
    We offered him first team Premier league football. We can’t do that now.
    It would be a stunning act of faith for him to stay.

  • 37 BandB // May 24, 2016 at 2:14 PM

    Ron

    The buzzphrase today is “no need to panic unduly.”

  • 38 WWSBRD // May 24, 2016 at 2:15 PM

    Seems Townsend senior doesn’t think this is true

    Some bloke on Twitter made it up and the paper ran with it…much like the Agger story

  • 39 reilly // May 24, 2016 at 2:22 PM

    this rumour was started by a makem on twitter.

  • 40 dok - the horrid colonial // May 24, 2016 at 2:26 PM

    BandB,

    gmorning…whats the best way to contact you? id like to get your email, so I can send you pics of our pitch in SA like we talked about?

  • 41 Ron Knee // May 24, 2016 at 2:30 PM

    BandB

    Does ‘unduly’ have some special significance???

  • 42 BandB // May 24, 2016 at 2:33 PM

    Ron

    I’m not quite sure what the phrase “panic unduly” means.
    It hints that perhaps there is such a thing as proportionate level of panic, though who knows what that is?
    I suppose your boss telling you not to panic unduly if you are a few minutes late for work will always sound more reassuring than the pilot of your plane telling you there’s no need to panic unduly.

    Dok

    I’ll sort that out.

  • 43 banjax // May 24, 2016 at 2:35 PM

    Benitez would be in the driving seat over any players leaving the club so let’s treat this with a pinch of salt.

  • 44 Ron Knee // May 24, 2016 at 2:37 PM

    BandB

    So in this instance, ‘Don’t panic unduly’ means ‘Don’t worry. If this doesn’t work out, there’s always Warnock.’ That level of panic?

  • 45 Lee Charnley Bunga Party // May 24, 2016 at 2:37 PM

    We will get players leaving us I mean I can understand if say Man Utd , Spurs , West Ham , Liverpool, Chelsea, City , Everton , Southampton or Arsenal come in for any of our players then I can understand as they are the best teams in the league and are well run who will all have good managers next season !

    But if the likes of Sissoko and Wijnaldum bugger off to the likes of West Brom and Palace etc then that is not a step up at all

  • 46 BandB // May 24, 2016 at 2:38 PM

    No, NOOOOOOOOOOO!
    Not THAT level of panic!!!!!! 🙂

  • 47 lesh // May 24, 2016 at 2:38 PM

    Townsend may or may not be talking to Sporting Lisbon but whether or moves there may be in doubt.

    The wording of the reputed get out clause is key – if it guarantees a move if the potential buyer coughs up the reported £8m, then it’s up to Andros with the selling club having no power to block the move. However if the clause allows Townsend to only talk to a potential buyer, then we can say no.

    It’s really up to Townsend whether or not he wants to stay with us buy in any event, buying him for £12m and agreeing an £8m release clause – if true – was ludicrous and what we’ve come to expect of Charnley.

    As an aside, the longer it takes to sign Rafa up, the more likely that any players in two minds about staying will leave. Maybe that thought’s never entered Charnley’s one-channel mind?

  • 48 BandB // May 24, 2016 at 2:42 PM

    I’m off to be a pin cushion now.
    Thanks for keeping my mind off it today chaps.

  • 49 dok - the horrid colonial // May 24, 2016 at 2:42 PM

    ron,

    thats not a panic level… that’s a reason to jump off a bridge…

  • 50 lesh // May 24, 2016 at 2:44 PM

    Jib

    The Scottish Daily Record’s a sister of the Mirror, not the Sun. I’ll have to wash my hands and sterilise the phone after keying in ‘Sun’. Yuk!!

  • 51 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // May 24, 2016 at 2:46 PM

    Good luck, BandB

  • 52 Our Toon // May 24, 2016 at 2:55 PM

    Spoof

    His father is hardly going to come out and say he wants to leave, the fans will turn on him especially if he doesn’t get a move or gets injured at the Euros preventing him from moving. It’s best for them to be making the right noises of staying, ensuring the lad gets into the Euros and then look at a move.

    The only thing we offered was regular football in the prem and we can’t offer him that anymore so he will go, no players have come out and said they are leaving, townsend is no different to them players. He will leave with or without rafa, I’m yet to hear a good argument for why he’d stay or what reason he has to stay.

    As for Jonas he stayed as no one wanted him, got his assurances and look at how he was treated in the end, more importantly he didn’t have a buyout clause and didn’t end the season as impressively as townsend did, now do you think how the regime treated Jonas will have been lost on the players.

  • 53 Ron Knee // May 24, 2016 at 2:58 PM

    lesh

    So you’re a fan of the Dirty Digger too!

  • 54 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // May 24, 2016 at 3:00 PM

    http://m.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/36372274

    Something is about to go badly for Liverpool and Man u

  • 55 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // May 24, 2016 at 3:11 PM

    Fans can be total tools when they get carried away.

  • 56 Moonraker15 // May 24, 2016 at 3:15 PM

    I’d be amazed if he goes to Sporting as they will never match his wages! I may be wrong but if he was leaving it would be to a PL club!

  • 57 martoon // May 24, 2016 at 3:19 PM

    YCMIU – Full marks for recognising my ST reference!
    @54 – The fines mentioned in the article are laughable for clubs their size – surely a ban or at least a limit on squad size in next year’s competition would have more clout?

  • 58 Spoof // May 24, 2016 at 3:34 PM

    Our Toon

    the grass isn’t always greener and for possibly the first time in his career Townsend seems to be happy, he’s playing well for a manager who rates him and he is back in the England squad and with Rafa he will believe that championship football be be for one season only, just as Jonas did, do you really think that it is a forgone conclusion that Townsend will risk what he now has for the sack of one season, I honestly believe that he has been in the doldrums for long enough to have learned the value of being appreciated, I would not be surprised in the least if he stays with the understanding that he will be granted a transfer next summer if we fail to come back up due to the world cup being the following summer, the year before an international tournament is the biggest season, next season isn’t that, now Townsend is no fool, he will know how this club took off under Keegan, that can happen again, would he not want to be part of that, I am sure he would, but leaving now for West Ham, West Brom, Stoke or whoever will give him no chance, I believe that he will give us next season as he knows the potential of this club and with Rafa in charge then that potential could be met, he will stay unless it’s one of the really big clubs who come in for him and I don’t see that happening, a smaller club may not be good enough for him at present, he possibly feels staying put would give him a better chance of playing for a bigger club in the PL as he could already be at one of the bigger clubs.

  • 59 funguswatty // May 24, 2016 at 3:38 PM

    Apparently it’s a mackam who started the roumer to try and wind us all up

  • 60 Tsunki // May 24, 2016 at 3:53 PM

    I think it would be daft of Townsend to get a job in Europe right now. He could move to portugal and then we could leave Europe! The information will he do? The Prime Minister will give the order to cut the big rope that ties us to mainland Europe and Townsend will be stranded in Portugueseland while we will probably drift towards America. English things will be against the law in Europe and the Europers will probably have to throw him in the Jail until he starts to be European. By then he will be too old and his car battery will have gone heat and he will have no shopping in the house so he will have to go in a home only they won’t let him in a European one he will have to be put in a boat with a united Kingdom flag on it and they will push it toward America. But he will die of the cold and seagulls pecking him.

  • 61 Tsunki // May 24, 2016 at 3:55 PM

    But then they will sing the national anthem and make a statue of him. The End. 🙂

  • 62 Spoof // May 24, 2016 at 3:56 PM

    Tsunki

    now that’s a very good reason for him to stay lol

  • 63 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // May 24, 2016 at 3:57 PM

    Tsunki

    That was going to be Camerons next speech on why we need to stay in europe!

  • 64 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // May 24, 2016 at 3:57 PM

    Vote Brexit, not Towxit!

  • 65 Spoof // May 24, 2016 at 3:59 PM

    YCMIU

    Give over, Cameron hasn’t got the brains to make rational and infomed speeches like that one !!!!!!!!!

  • 66 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // May 24, 2016 at 4:08 PM

    Spoof

    True.

  • 67 Tsunki // May 24, 2016 at 4:10 PM

    That was an extract from Managing Director Mr L Charnleys’ squad retention proposal to Mr R Benitez. The informal summary that sets out that proposal in layman’s terms is being drafted by his colleague Mr Moncur, and will be available in Crayon in the SJP playroom following his afternoon nap.

  • 68 Bobbybee // May 24, 2016 at 4:11 PM

    I’m in the camp that says players will make their decisions based on what Rafa does. It’s blindingly obvious that Townsend is thankful for both us and Rafa for resurrecting his career – especially Rafa. Of course he could leave, even if Rafa stays, but would he gamble on it? Rafa lets him play a game that brings the best out of him, whereas somewhere else he simply might not fit, regardless of best intentions. It’s no longer unheard of for Championship players to get selected for the national team, so perhaps he needs to talk to Roy about his prospects? If he did leave, I could understand it if he did go, but would be as disappointed as the rest. I think all decisions will be put on hold until Rafa signs and he has had chance to lay out his vision to the players. For the sake of one season, you would have to weigh up the benefits of working with a genuine world class manager and learning from him. It also might depend on performances in the Euro’s.

  • 69 Spoof // May 24, 2016 at 4:16 PM

    Bobbybee

    I agree with that, and another thing which is in our favour is that as far as internationals go, nest season isn’t the important one, well yes it is important as you have to qualify but the following season is the bigger season as the finals squad will be decided on performances during that season and not next

  • 70 Tsunki // May 24, 2016 at 4:18 PM

    Actually from what I have heard so far the rope cutting thing virtually sums up the vote Stay argument. And the other argument come to think of it.

  • 71 Spoof // May 24, 2016 at 4:19 PM

    Our Toon asked for reasons as too why Townsend could stay as he hadn’t seen any, well to be honest I think that question has been answered, he may still go but there are genuine reasons as too why he might stay !

  • 72 Tsunki // May 24, 2016 at 4:21 PM

    Spoof – Nest Season is VERY important. You aren’t allowed to do any work to your trees in case you break any eggs. True that. Also have to be careful about disturbing bats otherwise you could end up in pokey. That’s disturbing bats, as in worrying or annoying them. Or even just mildly irritating them by saying something tactless. Also true.

  • 73 Spoof // May 24, 2016 at 4:21 PM

    Tsunski

    are you talking about Europe or whether Townsend should stay, or is it both with one post !!!!!!!!

  • 74 Spoof // May 24, 2016 at 4:23 PM

    I respect bats, I have no choice as I am married to an old one !!!!!!!!!!

  • 75 Tsunki // May 24, 2016 at 4:24 PM

    Stay – regular game time, exciting project with top Manager, consolidate career, England prospects and future value by sticking with club if it aspires to CL / Cup ambitions.

    Go – somebody offers him a lot of money to go to a better club.

    I know how this usually works, but you never know, he could be the one in a thousand.

  • 76 Tsunki // May 24, 2016 at 4:26 PM

    Spoof I meant the Europe thing. But the Townsend one fits as well a bit

  • 77 Bobbybee // May 24, 2016 at 4:28 PM

    Spoof, the qualifiers for the WC won’t stretch England too far, so you’re right about next season being unimportant on the international front. I just feel that Townsend has found a niche where he genuinely fits and he will have to give it some serious thought before throwing that away. He loves the atmosphere we generate at SJP and loves what Rafa has done for him. Plenty reasons to stay, but we must also never forget the greed of some players. If he were to have a blinder in France, you never know what some club might offer him. Right now though, I think he’s waiting – along with others – to see which way Rafa goes. And on that, i think Rafa will stay myself, unless Charnley can somehow grasp defeat from the jaws of victory. 😉

  • 78 Bobbybee // May 24, 2016 at 4:34 PM

    Tsunki, there is no better club than Newcastle. There are any amount of clubs that are run better, but that’s a different issue all together! 😉

  • 79 Mister Tuff // May 24, 2016 at 4:36 PM

    After Townsends recent history – sidelined at Spurs – then given a great opportunity to resurrect his career at SJP – there is now way he is going abroad to play.
    There will be some players the club will want to get rid of, there are some Rafa may want to stay and new faces he wants to bring in.
    Players will be daft to make any commitments now – they’ll wait and see :-
    1.What Rafa gets from Mr Tubbs.
    2. Are they part of the future.

  • 80 Tsunki // May 24, 2016 at 4:37 PM

    Can’t see Joey Barton enjoying that Celtic/Rangers sectarian rivalry much tbh. Don’t know what he’s thinking of getting involved in such rough & tumble unpleasantness.

  • 81 Mister Tuff // May 24, 2016 at 4:38 PM

    Still think Sissoko will be away though.

  • 82 Tsunki // May 24, 2016 at 4:39 PM

    Bobby – I did originally mean to put it as”better”, not better.

  • 83 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // May 24, 2016 at 4:40 PM

    There will of course be World Cup qualifiers to play at the back end of the year. If Hodgeson is willing to select players from a lower division who play every week, then Townsend might still stay. It would understandably worry him if other players have a full season of quals to freeze him out of the side.

  • 84 Bobbybee // May 24, 2016 at 4:43 PM

    Tsunki, I’d have taken Joey back to help get us out the Championship tomorrow. When you look at how well he did for Burnley it’s a no brainer. There’d be no shirking with him as captain! 😉

  • 85 Mister Tuff // May 24, 2016 at 4:49 PM

    See there is a story doing the rounds that Wally Brolly has been knocked back by Cardiff and Rotherham. Clearly they have better assessments of managerial candidates than Penfold and Mr. Tubbs – and some folk on here who were giving it large about Wally Brolly – Wally is the man, Wally will save us, Maccas Bwave New World.
    Talk about swapping horses – you all should reveal why from backing Wally you now back Rafa.
    Yee kna who yees are – noo stop practicing the King Percy Goal Dance and explain yasells.

  • 86 Rotonda heights // May 24, 2016 at 7:06 PM

    @ 13

    Because Charnley is the MD !!!




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