Sky Sports correspondent Keith Downie is reporting today that Andros Townsend is ready to leave Newcastle after a very short six months on Tyneside and he will return to London with Crystal Palace ready to activate the £13M release clause in his contract.
Andros Townsend will leave Newcastle
Understand the Andros Townsend deal to Palace is now very extremely likely with the winger wanting to play PL football next season.
— Keith Downie (@SkySports_Keith) June 28, 2016
The deal is almost certain to go through, because it is in the hands of the player himself once the release clause in his contract is activated.
While this is very bad news for Newcastle it’s not too surprising since there were signs this could happen yesterday.
It illustrates the state of football today when a player leaves Newcastle United for Crystal Palace and a player stays at a club for a very short six months before he’s off to a smaller club.
But this is simply one cost of being relegated and Newcastle deserved to go down last season through complete mismanagement of the club at all levels.
This is also an early blow for Rafa Benitez, who made Andros into a better player in a short 10 games at the end of last season – by the player’s own admission.
It’s short-sighted by Andros not to see the big picture of why he managed to get into England 26 man squad this summer after being in the wilderness at Tottenham for so long – it was the world-class coaching of Rafa Benitez.
Alan Pardew is not a world-class coach – we know that because he was at Newcastle for four years and the difference in class between the two managers is staggering.
But this is a huge disappointment for Newcastle United and it doesn’t bode well in our efforts to keep Gini Wijnaldum, Moussa Sissoko and Daryl Janmaat at the club.
Of the four of them Andros was the one most expected to stay on Tyneside!
But we just have to move on and at least we’ll have players who want to be at the club – that’s the positive side of this – just as it was back in 2009 – the last time we were relegated.