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Benitez In Crucial Meeting With Townsend On Monday

8:16 am, Tuesday, June 7th, 2016 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 11 Comments

Rafa Benitez met with Newcastle winger Andros Townsend yesterday, after it seems that Crystal Palace met all the conditions of the release clause in his contract, according to the Mirror.

It’s obvious that Rafa wants to keep Andros at the club along with some of Newcastle’s other good players, in an effort for Newcastle to get promoted next May and get straight back into the Premier League.

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Andros Townsend with Lee Charnley

The Mirror says that talks went well yesterday and there was news last night that Newcastle were willing to renegotiate Andros contract at Newcastle and pay him £20K/week more than he is currently getting, which is reported at £55K/week.

The very good news is that Andros told Rafa he is willing to stay on Tyneside next season and sign the new deal.

The amount of the release clause – as we have pointed out – is open to question – with the Express yesterday reporting it was £10.5M but that’s an average of the two figures that have been mentioned up to this point – £8M and £13M.

A little suspicious.

Rafa would have told Andros yesterday that he is one of the key players, not only for next season to get us promoted, but also for the future, when Rafa’s ambitions for the club are to take us into the top four in the Premier League and qualify for the Champions League.

Rafa puts no limit on what he and Newcastle can do together – Rafa is ambitious – world-class ambitious – and he seems to be being backed fully by the fans, with the news yesterday that season tickets were selling extremely well.

If this news is true om Townsend then we expect Newcastle to make a splash about it and send out the word that Newcastle are serious about keeping their best players on Tyneside.

It will also further endear Townsend to the fans, who voted him into second place behind Rob Elliot in our Player of the Season voting, due to his great form when he scored four good goals for us this year.

Notice also that Rafa now has responsibilities for players’ contracts and we have to think this initiative came from the former Liverpool manager, with some help from Lee Charnley on the financial side of things.

This is a move of an ambitious club determined to be promoted next May – that’s one of the good things about it.

Howay The Lads!!

Tags: Andros Townsend · Contracts · Financial Fair Play · Financials · Management · Newcastle News · Premier League

11 responses so far ↓

  • 1 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // Jun 7, 2016 at 8:23 AM

    Well,since according to some on here, the players tead the blog and use it in thier decisions, one of them is bound to tell Rafa that Ed called him Lee Charnley (see photo). So that’ll be him resigning, won’t it? After all, this blog has such a massive effect on the comings and goings at the club.

  • 2 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // Jun 7, 2016 at 8:24 AM


  • 3 Jib // Jun 7, 2016 at 8:26 AM

    Pretty much the same article as previously but with the Rafa/Andros cuddle from a new angle.

    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.

  • 4 JP...from The Rock // Jun 7, 2016 at 8:28 AM

    Strange report about Townsend meeting with Rafa when Townsend is supposedly away on holiday. I really want Townsend to stay and hope he continues his good form and that it wasn’t just to get into the Euros squad. I think he will tear up the Championship.

  • 5 Jib // Jun 7, 2016 at 8:28 AM

    In googletranslate/spanish
    If you type in Lee Charnley it prints out Rafa Benitez

  • 6 The overrated Frenchman // Jun 7, 2016 at 8:31 AM

    Townsend did well for sure when he arrived, but do we really want to move heaven and earth to keep him? Let’s not forget we are a Championship team as it is, and £75/k per week sounds like a lot of money for a player who couldn’t command a first team berth in the PL not that long ago. Not knocking the guy, just wondering if it’s money well spent when the club is essentially in a re-building mode.

  • 7 Jib // Jun 7, 2016 at 8:31 AM

    It would be ironic if our first signing of the 2016 Summer window was announced the same day that Mike Ashley was locked in the Tower of London

  • 8 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // Jun 7, 2016 at 8:35 AM


    That actually seems possible. Not sure I entirely trust the web-translators.

  • 9 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // Jun 7, 2016 at 8:39 AM


    I see where you are coming from, but there were supposedly reasons beyond footballing ones that kept him out of the spurs side, and onve given a decent run in our team he showed great quality. He is definitely worth holding on to at almost all costs imo.

  • 10 lochinvar // Jun 7, 2016 at 8:48 AM

    Andros – if you’re reading this ( we know you do ) then you will know that in Scotland they make Irn bru. In Sheffield they made steel.
    In Newcastle we make legends
    You know it makes sense.

  • 11 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // Jun 7, 2016 at 8:53 AM


    Ah but it doesn’t work that way. Andros will only read the negative comments about him.

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