Rafa To Try One Last Time To Keep Townsend At Newcastle

There’s been a campaign mounted on Twitter by Newcastle fans – hashtag #stayandros – to try to keep Andros Townsend at the club and although it looks unlikely, there’s nothing to lose in tweeting to ask him to stay on Tyneside.

It seems to us a short-sighted decision for Andros to even want to move to Crystal Palace and he seems to only be thinking of next season rather than at his longer term career in football.

Of course it’s Andros’ decision to make and his alone.

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Andros Townsend and Rafa Benitez at Anfield

But news in the Chronicle today that Townsend will again be speaking with Rafa Benitez, with Newcastle still very keen to keep the former Spurs winger on Tyneside.

Apparently there has been no final decision made yet by Andros although there have been various reports he is leaning towards leaving the club so he can stay in the Premier League next season and have a better chance of playing for England.

Of course everything is up in the air with the National side after yet another pathetic performance at a major Championship – England didn’t win the group and we were beaten by Iceland in the first knockout game – a country with a population of 323,000 compared to England’s 52M.

We still haven’t won a knockout game in ten years!

Yes, that’s humiliating alright and it was hardly a complete surprise – Iceland have played well both in qualifying and in the France in the final stages.

The news for the last several days is that Alan Pardew and Crystal Palace are ready to come in with the £13M bid that will activate his release clause and allow him to discuss terms with the small London club.

But Andros can say no to Palace and he could even sign a new deal at Newcastle that removes the release clause.

That would take away the uncertainty surrounding Andros for the next couple of months, but if he doesn’t want to stay he could leave quickly and that could happen once Matt Ritchie signs for us – probably tomorrow.

The clause in Townsend’s contract was requested by the winger’s representatives last January as a condition to move to Newcastle.

We are still hoping that Andros will stay on Tyneside.

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