Not Even Newcastle Are Daft Enough To Do This

News today in the Mirror that former Newcastle boss Alan Pardew, now at Crystal Palace, has made an £8M offer for Newcastle winger Andros Townsend.

That’s the amount said to be in the release clause of his contract that was signed when Newcastle brought him into the club from Tottenham in January for a reported £12M.

So one good question we have is why is the release clause being quoted at £8M – which would mean a loss within six months of £4M?

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Andros Townsend and Rafa Benitez during Newcastle’s 5-1 win over Spurs

As we saw very clearly last season those running Newcastle – namely Lee Charnley and Graham Carr – were totally incompetent and that was the main reason we were relegated, but surely they are not daft enough to buy a player for £12M and then set the release price at £8M.

The local papers have quoted that release figure as £13M, which make more sense.

Rafa Benitez has also said he wants to keep the majority  of his players in the squad for next season and Andros Townsend is one of them.

Rafa doesn’t have to sell any player this summer such is the (good) state of Newcastle’s finances – and that was one agreement he got from owner Mike Ashley before agreeing to stay with the club.

We expect Andros to be one of the players to stay at Newcastle with the three likely players to be sold this summer being Daryl Janmaat, Moussa Sissoko and Gini Wijnaldum and Newcastle could possibly get close to £40M for those three.

But as we said if Rafa wants to keep those three – he will – and that’s independent of which clubs may come in for them – with Rafa already thinking long term on Tyneside.

The 24 year-old England International has expressed a wish to stay at Newcastle as long as Rafa Benitez was still the manager, whom he said had already made him into a better player since the Spaniard arrived on Tyneside in mid-March.

Certainly it helped Townsend make England’s initial 26 man squad, although he didn’t survive the cut down to the 23 man squad for Euro 2016 this month.

And after experiencing what it’s like playing in front of 52,000 crowds at St. James’ Park for four months – like when we hammered his former club Tottenham 5-1 in the final game of the season – why would Andros want to move to Crystal Palace?

This is all assuming we can bounce straight back to the Premier League next season, with Rafa Benitez’ stated aim being to win trophies at Newcastle – which is a major reason he is willing to stay and manage the club in the second division.

Comments welcome.

41 comments so far


    Jun 5, 2016 at 9:31 AM

    Comment #1

    If his clause is activated I expect him to leave, why would a club bother action caring it unless they knew he was willing to move?

  • mindshaft

    Jun 5, 2016 at 9:41 AM

    Comment #2

    either palace have had a word with townsends agent and he had told clubs he’s up for a move ( especially back to London ) or Pards knows toon will sell at a price through experience
    I don’t expect Townsend to be with us next season ( although ideally he would stay)

  • Belfast

    Jun 5, 2016 at 9:42 AM

    Comment #3

    Club aren’t really at fault here like. A lot of players have them these days. Usually demanded by their representatives.

  • Belfast

    Jun 5, 2016 at 9:46 AM

    Comment #4

    I’m not convinced he’s desperate to stay either, like some would have you believe. He’s probably sounding clubs out privately just like Jamie Vardy.

    I hope he does stay though.

  • Jib

    Jun 5, 2016 at 9:48 AM

    Comment #5

    Talking of players wanting to stay under Rafa’s tutelage makes me think of Patrick Bamford


    His scoring record has been very hit and miss except when operating under Aitor Karanka at Boro (43 matches 19 goals) a couple of Boro supporting friends of mine rate him very highly .

  • Jib

    Jun 5, 2016 at 9:56 AM

    Comment #6

    I think Wijnaldum might fancy joining Koeman at Everton .

  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Jun 5, 2016 at 10:00 AM

    Comment #7

    I know a few Boro fans who were gutted they didn’t get him back last season. Surpried they didn’t try again in Jan when they went for McCormack and Rhodes to be honest.

    Bamford would be a decent signing for us I think, but I’d like more experience brought in. We have young forwards with talent and potential – Perez, Arma, Aarons, Mitro. I think Cisse will go if China or Middle East clubs come knocking, so would prefer an experienced option who can help guide them through rough patches and help them learn a few tricks of the trade.

  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Jun 5, 2016 at 10:03 AM

    Comment #8

    Yup, said that last night. Koeman armed with £100million is nailed on to go after Gini I reckon. Worth noting that the two Prem clubs who allegedly had representatives at the Holland match yesterday or day before were Southampton and Everton.

  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Jun 5, 2016 at 10:06 AM

    Comment #9

    I agree he isn’t certain to stay at the club for Rafa, but I do think he will be very careful when picking a club if he does decide to move. He clearly had a new lease of life when joining us, but has also suffered in a situation where he wasn’t wanted or needed.

    I think it will take a pretty good opportunity and for him to be made to feel very at home and welcome before signing for him to make the move.

  • lochinvar

    Jun 5, 2016 at 10:07 AM

    Comment #10

    Pardew’s a chancre and wouldn’t be out of place on Minder.
    Just renegotiate Townsend’s contract , pay him the going rate and set any release clause at say £20m – outcome is that Townsend’s value gives up as we go up and after that he and us benefit if a mega rich club want him in the season after next .
    You have to speculate to accumulate.
    Sitting in the back water wastelands of Palace who will struggle next year after this seasons energy evaporates is a backwards move and everyone including Townsend knows it.

  • Ron Knee

    Jun 5, 2016 at 10:12 AM

    Comment #11

    Chancer or chancre? Either way you’re right!

  • Ron Knee

    Jun 5, 2016 at 10:25 AM

    Comment #12

    This might interest one of our posters:

    “The American takeover of Swansea City worth around £100m has been completed, subject to Premier League approval.”

  • expatmag

    Jun 5, 2016 at 10:28 AM

    Comment #13

    Most of them can bloody go, to be honest. They were responsible fir getting the club relegated.

    Spend the koney w u sely Rafa

  • Jib

    Jun 5, 2016 at 10:34 AM

    Comment #14

    spunk the honey wetly Rafa

  • one fine day

    Jun 5, 2016 at 10:39 AM

    Comment #15

    Seems the silver fox still rates our scouting system.
    Wonder how often daddy calls young freddy woodman for updates from our camp?
    Cabaye /wanted krul befour he was crocked now tiote is another rumour and the Townsend one which in my option is just more lazy journo spew.
    If Townsend does move then I doubt it will be to another relegation battle next year.A year under Rafa in front of 50k tearing up the league and enjoying your football? Or tracking back endlessly while watching the ball by pass you as party to the silver haired one trick ponies version of association football.?

  • one fine day

    Jun 5, 2016 at 10:42 AM

    Comment #16

    Jib @14
    Are you mrs Benitez ?:)

  • one fine day

    Jun 5, 2016 at 10:43 AM

    Comment #17

    The joys of auto correct

  • Munster Mag

    Jun 5, 2016 at 10:49 AM

    Comment #18

    Moonraker i agree re riviere. Broke free v city i think and panic shot from about 40 yards and munster mag went…”oh no, more dross”. Same with thauvin trying to run the west ham fullback, not good.

  • Jib

    Jun 5, 2016 at 10:50 AM

    Comment #19

    Rafa could chase Pardew away by putting in a counter-bid or swap for for Yannick Bolasie !

  • Jib

    Jun 5, 2016 at 10:54 AM

    Comment #20

    Please don’t start with that Blackley 1st person nonsense
    “Old Munster he says” sounds like something from the Mighty Boosh !

  • Ibizatoon

    Jun 5, 2016 at 10:56 AM

    Comment #21

    Jib…What is your beef with the Boosh?

  • Rotonda heights

    Jun 5, 2016 at 10:58 AM

    Comment #22


    100% agree. One person speaking in the 3rd person is more than enough. At least that’s what’s old Rotonda thinks…lol !! No seriously though, its very annoying

  • Hugh Jorgan

    Jun 5, 2016 at 11:02 AM

    Comment #23

    A person who exploits any opportunity to further their own ends.

    A painless ulcer, particularly one that develops on the genitals in venereal disease.

  • Rotonda heights

    Jun 5, 2016 at 11:05 AM

    Comment #24

    as ron says, lochinvar is right on either count. And obviously chancre rhymes appropriately too.

  • Jib

    Jun 5, 2016 at 11:20 AM

    Comment #26

    I just don’t want posters developing manginas whether , with or , without , chancres !

  • The overrated Frenchman

    Jun 5, 2016 at 11:24 AM

    Comment #27

    If you write these “trigger” clauses into players’ contracts you only have yourself to blame surely? The tentacles of Charnley’s incompetence are going to reach into places to plague this club for some time to come, I fear, and he’s not finished yet..

  • Ibizatoon

    Jun 5, 2016 at 11:24 AM

    Comment #28

    Jib…Ha, I was watching that episode the other night.

    I agree.

    “My god, smooth as the bonnet of a Porsche”

    Keep your down stairs mix ups to yourselves people.

  • Ibizatoon

    Jun 5, 2016 at 11:31 AM

    Comment #29

    On release clauses,whilst I get why we don’t want them, surely it’s a case of getting the deal done?

    We were relegation threatened and those were the terms in which the player would sign (you’d imagine). Can’t see the club wanting to put a clause in that meant they would lose out on money within 6 months if the worse did happen.

  • The next Mike Williamson

    Jun 5, 2016 at 11:38 AM

    Comment #30

    Carr gets a lot of stick for last season’s signings but they weren’t that bad. Townsend Wijnaldum, and Mbemba were huge successes. Wini would have been better if we’d been winning games. Then Shelvey is decent. he’s performed well for Swansea for years. Also Mitrovic is decent and can score as he proved once he had a decent manager.

    This just leaves Thauvin, Doumbia (cost nowt) and Saivet as flops. And who knows, maybe Thauvin will be good under Rafa. We just had a really s*** manager.

  • The next Mike Williamson

    Jun 5, 2016 at 11:40 AM

    Comment #31

    Just look at benitez scouting record at Liverpool. its arguably a lot worse than Carrs.

  • Ibizatoon

    Jun 5, 2016 at 11:43 AM

    Comment #32

    The next…For me, there were just so many areas that were under par, it’s hard to lay the blame in just one place (well, unless you go up the ladder, but it’s Sunday and we don’t need to go there at the minute).

    Whilst some of those players weren’t “flops”, I would say that perhaps they weren’t what we needed at those times.

    A lot has been said about who set the remit. I still feel there is a fair bit of assumption.

    Carr should only be a scout. He’s found some good ones, some mediocre and some poor. Just like most scouts.

  • Mister Tuff

    Jun 5, 2016 at 11:46 AM

    Comment #33

    Not first person nonsense but actually third person singular nonsense.

  • banjax

    Jun 5, 2016 at 11:46 AM

    Comment #34

    There are going to be many upsetting headlines on player transfers in the next few weeks. Some of them will be true and some will be downright stupid. This is relegation fever and the price we have to pay for the failures of the past few seasons. The positives to take from all this is that we now have a manager who is in total control of player transfers, a man who has high standards and only wants players who have experience, ability and athleticism in his squad. So the question for all of us is; Do we believe everything that we read at the moment? If the answer is No then that is the right way to go. If the answer is Yes, then …….!

  • giimps

    Jun 5, 2016 at 12:04 PM

    Comment #35

    Is this the same type of clause that Suarez had, ie 8mil to act at the release but we can still negotiate the final price is what he’s worth, Arsenal tried it on with Liverpool by bidding £40m but then because there were more than one team in for him he ended going for much more….hopefully it’s the same here , if he’s going , (I really hope he’s not) lets get properly paid for him , same with Gini, he’s scored 2 more goals for Holland so his price will be double what we paid for him …..hopefully, if not , keep him till January and see where we are in the league….if it looks like we’re going up keep them , if it looks like we’re struggling….sell them and change our tack

  • OneAlanShearer

    Jun 5, 2016 at 12:21 PM

    Comment #36

    The thing is 15 million is a lot of money for a 29 year old BUT given the money around now is that actually the new market value rather than an inflated value?

    When you look at the optons around for proven goal scorers we will have to start looking abroad if we don’t get him.

    Andre gray is who I wanted but as he went up with burnley it’s unlikely now.

    At this point I’m hoping for rafa to go abroad for quality but still try for the likes of Tom lees, Lewis dunk, Lewis cook as well. We need a balanced side to start preseason with.

  • The next Mike Williamson

    Jun 5, 2016 at 12:31 PM

    Comment #37

    I think Bamford could do just a good a job as mccormack, unless somethings happened to him since he left boro, such as going off the rails

  • Jib

    Jun 5, 2016 at 12:33 PM

    Comment #38

    It seems pretty obvious to me that “firstartist” Andros Townsend’s agent would have a transfer release clause triggered by relegation written into his contract (just about every PL player does these days) – remember he came in January when relegation was not at the front of every ones mind.
    Folk shouldn’t have the idea that anyone other than the player has the right to exercise such a clause.
    Pardew because of the clause is allowed to talk to the player no more no less .

  • OneAlanShearer

    Jun 5, 2016 at 1:38 PM

    Comment #39

    I wonder if we will look at lower league players like kemar roofe as well. Also loan players out and in from the premier league.

  • OneAlanShearer

    Jun 5, 2016 at 1:41 PM

    Comment #40

    I want to see us have absolutely no doubt about strength in depth all over the park. With youth and experience brought in. No half measures leaving us 2 or 3 players short like every season under Ashley. I’d like to clear out all the dross and build something really special. If we build a winning mentality on top of that we could go up very strong indeed.


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