This is the piece Newcastle United have put out today to try to explain the loss of Andros Townsend to Crystal Palace – managed by former Newcastle manager Alan Pardew.
The Newcastle fans have not taken the early departure of Andros very well at all.
Lee Charnley – Newcastle Managing Director
This is what the club has just published on the web-site:
Newcastle United can confirm that winger Andros Townsend has signed for Crystal Palace for an undisclosed fee.
Townsend joined the Magpies from Tottenham Hotspur in January, and made 13 appearances for the Club, scoring four goals.
This is what Newcastle United managing director Lee Charnley said:
“Naturally we are very disappointed to lose Andros but we are bound by the terms of his contract,”
“Given our situation in January it was a condition of him joining that we included a buy-out clause.”
“However, I am sure now with Rafa as our manager we will not be in a position whereby we will need to agree to clauses of this nature in the future.”
“Despite Andros’ departure today, we believe with the signings we have made this week we have strengthened the squad.”
“Rafa and I are working very well together and we are confident we are building a squad that will meet our objectives for the season ahead of us.”
“Finally, I would like to say Andros was a great professional during his time with us, who gave his all for the Club, and I wish him all the very best.”
The real bottom line here is that we lost Andros because we were incompetent and kept the woeful Steve McClaren in the job for far too long, when he should have been fired shortly after Andros arrived.
But yes – it is time to move on as Lee rightly alludes to.
We are delighted that Rafa is now essentially running Newcastle United with the help of Charnley at the executive level.
It’s great to have a world-class manager back in charge at Newcastle – it’s been 12 years since Sir Bobby Robson left the club.