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Here’s What Newcastle Will Do To Keep Andros Townsend

11:12 pm, Monday, June 6th, 2016 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 29 Comments

News in the Express that Newcastle are resisting the attempts of former manager Alan Pardew and others to sign Andros Townsend for the release amount in his contract.

The Tyneside club are even ready to offer Andros a new deal to stay at the club.

The release clause in his contract is said to be £8M or £13M – and the Express is quoting it as £10.5M, so take your pick – look like the Express took the average of the two previous estimates.

Andros played great for Newcastle this year after joining from Tottenham at a fee that was said to be £12M, especially after Rafa Benitez came in and the winger has settled in well at Newcastle and the fans just love him.

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Rafa Benitez and Andros Townsend

The report is that Andros is getting £55K/week and Newcastle are willing to raise that to £75K/week.

If that’s true then Newcastle must be (very) well off financially and also confident of bouncing straight back to the Premier League next May.

Of course if we retain Andros he will be a real handful for defenses in the Championship and England manager Roy Hodgson has already said playing for Newcastle will not harm his chances of playing for England next season.

One of the best managers in the world – Rafa Benitez – has committed to staying at Newcastle in England’s second tier so we expect a number of our top players to also stay on Tyneside and help us get straight back up there.

Newcastle are also cutting their wage bill by releasing players like Gabby Obertan, Sylvain Marveaux and Steven Taylor with Fabricio Coloccini almost certain to also be leaving the club this summer.

Rafa Benitez also has a big say on what wages are paid to Newcastle’s players, so they are at least consistent based on the value of the player to the club.

West Ham and Southampton are also said to be interested in the 24 year-old England international, but Newcastle feel they can get the winger to stay at Newcastle, now that Rafa has committed to staying at the club.

One of the crucial agreements Rafa got from the club is that he did not have to sell any players, with Newcastle finances in good shape and the club can survive one year down below.

Now the club (Lee Charnley) have to work with Rafa to ensure the players stay on board if Rafa wants them to stay, and if a player has deserved a pay raise based on his performances, then fine – give it to him – as long as Newcastle can afford it.

But we cannot stretch that too far and if player becomes adamant he wants to leave – like Gini Wijnaldum or Moussa Sissoko may do – then we have to sell them – but only at a top price.

And Rafa has been promised that money to bring in new players.

So it would help everybody concerned if the decision to stay or go is made on our top players early in the summer – if at all possible.

Comments welcome.

Tags: Contracts · Management · Newcastle News · Other News · Transfer News and Rumours

29 responses so far ↓

  • 1 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // Jun 6, 2016 at 11:15 PM

    This is bordering on surreal. Newcastle doing the right thing more than once in a month!

  • 2 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // Jun 6, 2016 at 11:20 PM

    This is a guy who SHOULD be in the england squad, along with drinkwater and, dare I say it, Defoe.

    Stirling has done nowt, so Townsend for him.
    Wheelchair always injured. Drinkwater in.
    Defoe possibly for the frequently hurt stirling, or the inexperienced rashford.

  • 3 Ibizatoon // Jun 6, 2016 at 11:25 PM

    YCMIU…Just off to bed, but thought I’d slip in a quick “mackem” at ya.

    Defoe. Pfft 🙂

  • 4 Average_Contents // Jun 6, 2016 at 11:34 PM

    I fcuking knew it!

    Ya tree hugging twat ya ?

  • 5 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // Jun 6, 2016 at 11:36 PM


    Hey a goal scorer is a goal scorer. His current club shouldn’t matter :p

  • 6 lesh // Jun 6, 2016 at 11:38 PM

    If Rafa does persuade Townsend to accept an improved contract, then that must send out a massive message about the Club. It’ll prove to be make us attractive to potential signings.

    I wonder how Gini, Janmaat and Sissoko would react to this story when – true or otherwise

  • 7 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // Jun 6, 2016 at 11:39 PM

    Goodnight, Ibiza

    Hows life, A_C?

  • 8 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // Jun 6, 2016 at 11:40 PM


    They’ll probably push for a pay rise 😮

  • 9 BandB // Jun 7, 2016 at 12:23 AM


    I thought Townsend was a risk. Mainly because he hadn’t been getting first team football and because he wasn’t exactly a 10 goals a season man.
    At a time when our front three (Sissoko hadn’t scored either) were short of goals, he didn’t seem his signing would be a decisive game changer (as a free-scoring striker might have been.)
    It was about choices.
    My question was “is he a man to save us from relegation?”….which was all that mattered in January.
    As it turns out, he wasn’t. We still didn’t get enough goals or assists.
    He did play well. He had an excellent attitude and took responsibility. If our other January gambles had paid off as well as Townsend, we might have beaten the drop.
    I hope he stays. He has been a success.
    But not such an unqualified one that cinders and ashes are required.

  • 10 jimmysmith // Jun 7, 2016 at 12:33 AM

    We get relegated and Townsend gets a better contract either here or elsewhere?

    Neo cons, bankers, economic rationalists etc would have us believe that market forces keep our economies humming along nicely, and all you need to do is tap them into line as they go, but where’s the equity?

    There seems far too much money concentrated at the elite end of football, and far too little in the lower tiers and the grass roots.

    I do believe in healthy competition and reward based on merit and achievement, but how is all this as it stands sustainable and fair.

    The obvious problem for Newcastle falling out of the top flight just as all this extra money is pouring in becomes staying up once back, and if you’re not at least a top third Championship team now, you’ve probably got no hope going forward.

  • 11 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // Jun 7, 2016 at 12:37 AM


    Yes i agree. Thats exactly why i am not throwing around “i told you so’s”. We needed more than just his contribution. I have seen people being hounded for not wanting him, which is really unfair considering it is just an opinion. He had no club form coming into our side, so i dont blame people for thinking that way. In the end, we can all be happy he performed well, and it looks like there is a good chance of him staying.

  • 12 BandB // Jun 7, 2016 at 12:38 AM

    Jonjo Shelvey was also a risk.
    One that didn’t pay off.
    I’m not calling on the majority who hailed him as inspired signing who was bound to save the day to eat humble pie.

  • 13 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // Jun 7, 2016 at 12:42 AM


    Again, exactly right. Shelvey showed flashes but ultimately failed in a struggling side. I was one who thought he would be a good signing, and was disapointed he didnt do more.

  • 14 jimmysmith // Jun 7, 2016 at 12:43 AM

    Shelvey may yet pay off. He’ll almost certainly be part of a dominant Championship midfield, and given another season under Rafa, at his still relatively young age, he’s likely come back up a more complete player.

  • 15 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // Jun 7, 2016 at 12:45 AM


    Yeah i would give him another chance. His attitude was right,it was just his application was inconsistent.

  • 16 BandB // Jun 7, 2016 at 12:49 AM

    He may.
    But he wasn’t bought to be part of a dominant Championship midfield, was he?

  • 17 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // Jun 7, 2016 at 12:51 AM

    Anyway, i shall bid you all a good night.

  • 18 jimmysmith // Jun 7, 2016 at 12:52 AM

    Rafa will get him fitter. That will help. He didn’t look all that sharp, maybe a little heavy as a result of being marginalised at Swansea.

  • 19 BandB // Jun 7, 2016 at 12:53 AM

    Goodnight Mark, Jimmy.

  • 20 jimmysmith // Jun 7, 2016 at 12:56 AM

    Sure, he didn’t contribute as hoped for, but he isn’t the reason we went down either, and he is potentially at least a more than capable EPL player.

  • 21 jimmysmith // Jun 7, 2016 at 12:58 AM


  • 22 lesh // Jun 7, 2016 at 1:21 AM


    Pay rise? You couldn’t make it up, but they probably would ask.

  • 23 123 Dummet Time // Jun 7, 2016 at 1:22 AM

    How anout that moussa dembele who plays for fulham, 19 his contract runs out this summer and he scored 15 goals in a mediocre fulham team last term

  • 24 Santon03 // Jun 7, 2016 at 4:14 AM

    Townsend plays his best football under Rafa, he should stay whatever amount the release clause is. Release clause only works for the club, but it doesn’t mean that the player must agree to move.

    For new signings, we should get players on loan with option to buy or free signings. English players or English based players even on championship level who never played in higher level has insane price tags.

  • 25 Jib // Jun 7, 2016 at 6:24 AM

    I would guess the confusion over AT’s figures comes from the deal we did for for him.
    I’m thinking the fee is £12 million but because of the time he had out of the first team at Spurs – it was 2/3 up front – with the final £4 million after so many PL games.

    At NUFC he is not going to have more than 10 PL games until at least August 2017.

    Some person has made his deal known to try to claw back the £4million sooner rather than later.

  • 26 Jib // Jun 7, 2016 at 6:46 AM

    This should make for good viewing

    “The reason Mike Ashley is normally kept away from the press etc is that he speaks his mind too freely, so it will be interesting to see if the MPs goad him into letting his guard slip,” said independent retail analyst Nick Bubb.

  • 27 Jib // Jun 7, 2016 at 6:52 AM

    They may stream it from Westminster !
    At least live updates

  • 28 Jib // Jun 7, 2016 at 6:53 AM

    Starts Today 10 am UK time

  • 29 Jib // Jun 7, 2016 at 7:02 AM

    Could be a scoop here !!!

    Alexander Mesa Travieso

    Known as Nano

    Is a striker who plays for Tenerife (Ayoze’s old club)
    He is being chased by many Spanish clubs but Rafa has enquired after him

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