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.

Comments welcome.

19 comments so far

  • The American

    Jun 30, 2016 at 11:59 AM

    Comment #1

    I have a funny feeling that he’ll stay. No way he wants to go to a club like Palace. Someone big would have to come in. Just my thoughts on it.

  • Average_Contents

    Jun 30, 2016 at 11:59 AM

    Comment #2


    Lmfco at Ian Pardew. Funnily enough….

  • jayphoto

    Jun 30, 2016 at 12:02 PM

    Comment #3

    If Townsend wants to go just let him. Hes a cracking player yes, but hes not bigger than the club and really we should be building around players that want to fight to get us back up. If that means losing Krul, Janmaat, Colo, Sissoko, Gini and townesend then so be it.
    With the 3 signings we’ve made already, i’m pleasantly surprised of the level of player we can attract in the championship with Rafa at the helm and I trust that all will be replaced by players with the right mentality to go along with ability.
    To be honest, with the exception of Andros, i’m sick of watching the toon wondering if moussa or gini will be bothered to show up. I’d actually rather watch us put out 11 paul dummetts and see some commitment than watch 11 sissokos pick up a pay cheque and only fancy it when the sky cameras are out or when hes playing a team he fancies joining. He’s only worth picking for the arsenal and Chelsea and spurs games.

  • Rotonda heights

    Jun 30, 2016 at 12:04 PM

    Comment #4

    rafa or pardew….!! come on andros you know it makes sense. look at how much you came on in just 3 months with rafa. no brainer.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Jun 30, 2016 at 12:12 PM

    Comment #5

    Could Ed set up a message board to tweet Townsend as I have no intention of setting up a twitter account.

  • Rotonda heights

    Jun 30, 2016 at 12:13 PM

    Comment #6


    i think this english players ”run through walls” bulldog spirit is a bit of a myth and rings a bit hollow in a week where we’ve been knocked out by Iceland. Michael owen didn’t exactly put a shift in either.

  • Bobbybee

    Jun 30, 2016 at 12:14 PM

    Comment #7

    All offering 13m does is allow Palace to speak to Andros and his reps. There’s no international tournaments next season, so getting back into the England set up isn’t that important next season. The following season matters far more, as the WC approaches and he’d be better off with us than Palace – who could be relegated by then. Common sense says stay here, but greedy agents will no doubt try to get him to move again and fill their pockets. Still, if anybody can persuade him, Rafa can. I’ll accept he’s gone when one of the two tells us so.

  • cyprus

    Jun 30, 2016 at 12:19 PM

    Comment #8

    I think all our top 3 will be gone: Townsend, Gini, Sissoko. I, contrary to many fans -but not to pundits or Rafa 😉 rate the latter, but since he wants out he should be let go.

    I’d love us to keep Andros too, always rated him, but I fear he’ll be tempted to leave. Maybe the deal is set anyway, given the fact we’ve bought Gayle. I quite like the player, but why him, out of so many choices? It seems like a sweetener for the other deal. Thanks AP.

    PS. Gayle will fit right in with the NUFC mindset. He can play a blinder, then disappear in the next game.

    Gini, as a player, is streets ahead of the rest. Handled properly, he can be a Holland star (..wait a minute).

  • cyprus

    Jun 30, 2016 at 12:23 PM

    Comment #9

    We should get rid of our star flops while we’re at it. So much promise, so little delivered, contributed to our downfall (ooportunity cost). We can blame Carr et al for not foreseeing it, but think how YOU felt when we signed Shelvey and SDJ.

  • YouCouldn'tMakeItUp

    Jun 30, 2016 at 12:28 PM

    Comment #10

    Still have not seen a single report with any sniff of fact regarding AT wanting to go to palace. Or anywhere else for that matter. It is all speculation. How hard can it be for a prem club, even palace, to simply offer the alleged buy out price and sign him if he is so keen to go? I call shenanigans from the media as usual.

  • jayphoto

    Jun 30, 2016 at 12:31 PM

    Comment #11

    @rotonda – I see what you mean. I suppose its more about finding the players with the right character and mentality, just it’s slightly easier to predict an English based player on these fronts as they will already have adapted to the country/language and culture aswell as have shown they were up to the fight and speed on the league. For example, it’s probably easier to predict how a player like Matt Ritchie will adapt mentally than someone like Andre Carillo.
    I still maintain England could have a great side. They just need to get away from trying to force the issue with big name players ie: Playing rooney in centre mid etc just to keep them in the squad.
    The team was crying out for width and leadership yet Hodgson ignored players that offered that.
    Drinkwater, Shawcross, Noble are all leaders in their clubs and have the ability to step up but were more or less ignored. Townesend, Antonio, even Allbrighton (not sure hes good enough mind) offer width and all played well last season but were ignored. Had it for years though with Gerrard and Lampard forced into a side together, Hoddle played Beckham as a wing back. Sven played Scholes left mid etc.
    The moment an English manager comes in and picks the best team not the best players I think they might get further than Iceland or costa rica. They need to start with a system, with 11 roles and put the best player in each position into that system. If that system means they need a lighting quick striker and have to leave out Harry Kane or Rooney then so be it. Great teams have always played the right players for a system rather than just spooning in 11 great players into a system that fails. England seem to have never understood this.

  • cyprus

    Jun 30, 2016 at 12:35 PM

    Comment #12

    Well said though I’m not sure I agree. The system is adapted to personnel, rather than the other way around. At least in the short term.

    You find the best players in each position, then you come up with a system. Of course, you need a plan B should that fail. e.g. Andy Carroll (system!)

  • Bobbybee

    Jun 30, 2016 at 12:36 PM

    Comment #13

    YCMIU, you and me both marra. Palace ffs. If he chooses Palace and gets Pardewed, after coming so far so quickly under Rafa, then he’s his own worst enemy and deserves all he gets. Hopefully Rafa will talk sense into him. A nice pay rise might seal the deal too. 😉

  • jayphoto

    Jun 30, 2016 at 12:48 PM

    Comment #14

    Thing that Leicester have shown is that players like mark Allbrighton, Danny Simpson may not be world beaters. But in a team, if they do their job, put amongst some higher class players they actually allow better players to perform. Simpsons lack of attacking intent for example allowed Mahrez to not track back as much. If a system requires say a winger to pull teams wide and create space in the middle than even an average winger in say allbrighton is a better choice than a worldclass player like sturridge who will just ignore the role and look to come narrow.
    England have some serious weaponry in their arsenal. They could have easily built around any number of players with a successful system for example playing on the link up between Alli and kane. Could have made a lot from that but Spurs use wider than wide wingers to create space in the middle. England could have used Townesend and Antonio to do that with Dier and Drinkwater holding to great affect. Not the best players England could have picked but would have seen a system prove more successful. England and Belgium are the only sides at the euros that seem scared to drop a big name player.

  • pyunky

    Jun 30, 2016 at 1:10 PM

    Comment #15

    Townsend to stay is 5/1, thanks to the speculation. If like me, you think he will stay – then those are decent odds

  • pyunky

    Jun 30, 2016 at 1:17 PM

    Comment #16

    Jail, I would gladly send a tweet on your behalf… #OurPalJail says #stayandros

  • dannitoon

    Jun 30, 2016 at 1:59 PM

    Comment #17

    I think the Iceland England result proves that’s there no real reasoning to play in the premiership apart from £££££.. especially at palace…

    He’d actually play in front of bigger crowds with us…

    Apart from single fix away at man u, arsenal, city, liverpool and westham there are just as many 25+ stadiums in championship and of course 21 52k games.

  • lesh

    Jun 30, 2016 at 2:04 PM

    Comment #18

    Townsend needs to look at Pardew’s history of playing players out of position and consider whether his England chances’d be improved under him.

    The lad needs to listen closely to Rafa and ignore hid agent who’s no doubt keen on picking up some cash rather than having Townsend’s long term interests at heart.

  • derekm

    Jun 30, 2016 at 3:28 PM

    Comment #19

    lets to go back to the dressing room at the end of the pre-season orient match last time we prepared to get back to the premiership – conceding 6 goals and Alan Smith and Kevin Nolan, along with Steve Harper are threatening to punch anyone who is’nt up for the fight. Sissoko and Gini are’nt prepared to compete, and we don’t have characters like these three now. Let anyone go who even remotely is’nt ready to be kicked by lesser players for 23 games, run out into a snowstorm at tiny stadiums, and watch in envy the quality of the premiership on telly on saturday night. Remember we only lost four games all season that time – with Rafa at the healm and resources available who is to say we cannot repeat the same feats. Mitrovic Perez Gayle and Ritchie can do the same as Andy Carroll that year. Lascelles has the making of a leader, I hope Colback can step forward too.


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