This Opinion Piece On Townsend, Newcastle & Palace Is Laughably Bad

1 Posted by - June 6, 2016 - Daily Thoughts, News

The future of Andros Townsend is currently the subject of mass speculation amidst rumours of a move back to the Premier League with Crystal Palace; clearly, it’s not a story that’s going down well on Tyneside. 

This article, penned by The Chronicle’s John Gibson, plays up to every one of the well-worn stereotypes Geordies are labelled with.

Whilst a sense of injustice and indignation over Townsend’s potential departure from St James’ Park is to be expected, the laughable levels of delusion and self-congratulation that the piece above indulges in only serves to portray the Toon Army as a set of supporters who are well and truly blinded by their loyalty to the men in black and white. 

I’m sure John is a well-loved member of the local press to many in the North East, but the above article reads as though it’s been penned by a man with a giant chip on his shoulder, adopting the tone of a ranting fan rather than a respected journalist for the most part. 

Amongst the use of exclamation marks to emphasise the distress John is in, he puts forward a skewed case to suggest that Townsend has more chance of an England call-up whilst playing in the second tier before suggesting that Newcastle rescued the former Tottenham man from “oblivion” in January, which is plainly not true. 

Then comes the utterly predictable reference to the 50,000 strong crowds that Townsend can expect to play in front of should he remain at St James’ Park; a point that John, being the best writer The Chronicle have had on their books over the last 50 years, chooses to mention twice in the space of 31 words. 

At the grand old age of 75, you would immediately assume that someone of Gibson’s standing could rise above the childish urge to put others down in a bid to inflate their own sense of self-worth, but the final line of the piece proves that John is more than happy to jump on that bandwagon too. 

We’re sure that both Palace and Newcastle fans will shake their heads throughout. You need only browse the comments section attached to the piece in question to see the frustrated reaction many have already had to the arguments put forward by the veteran Chronicle man. 

Enjoy.

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8 Comments

  • Jim June 6, 2016 - 7:31 am Reply

    I think you missed the point when you read this article. Palace are a good bet for relegation next season and had last season gone a few games longer they would be down. Newcastle are a good bet for promotion, so this transfer doesn’t make sense. What will Townsend’s get out clause be, £5 million?

    • admin June 6, 2016 - 7:37 am Reply

      I wouldn’t say that Palace are that good a bet for relegation, given the fact that we’ll spend this summer.

      The buy-out is supposedly £8 million.

  • Spiceboy June 6, 2016 - 7:56 am Reply

    Leave poor John alone if it were palace down & Newcastle were swooping like vultures I’d want a rant. If Pardew reads this please sell SAKO as he is utter poop & promote kaikai to the first team. Also bin paddy, macarthy (keeper) , lee, mutch, adebooboo, Campbell. I also wouldn’t mind us selling ledley, Jedda, wickham & yes I’m gonna say it cabaye. Cabaye doesn’t make our midfield tick mcarthur does end of & that overpaid prick often gives up & becomes obsolete in games. In comes back up keeper, right back, centre back, x2 quality midfielders, Townsend, & a striker of course.

  • Bobbybee June 6, 2016 - 8:16 am Reply

    Jumping the gun a bit anyway. Making the offer only allows Palace to speak to the player, it confirms nothing. The final decision to sell lies with Rafa and Andros, not Pardew and Palace. If Townsend listens to what Rafa has to say, he might decide his future lies with an up and coming Newcastle, rather than potentially another relegation scrap, this time with Palace. Rafa has improved Townsend’s performances already and one season in the Championship might be a price he’s willing to pay for a brighter future. Newcastle are under no requirement to sell, as the books are well balanced. Rafa and Newcastle, or Pardew and Palace? I know where I’d rather be going forward.

  • 45 years of hurt June 6, 2016 - 9:36 am Reply

    As a Newcastle fan I would be sad to Andros leave.
    However, due to the idiots in charge, we have left the door open with such a stupid clause in the contract. I would like to think that the players that took us down would want to stay and fight to bring us up but that is never going to happen. We Newcastle fans will have to accept that the draw of the Premier League means that we are a ‘sitting duck’ to all premier league teams, who think they can pick off our prize assets (or soo called prize assets. The only thing we have going for us is that it appears that Rafe has wrenched control from the idiots, so it will not be as easy to take some of players.

  • Fuck Palace June 6, 2016 - 11:16 am Reply

    Hmm play for Rafa in a proper stadium winning every week being part of something or Pardew in a shed facing a relegation scrap. No brainer.

    • Richard June 7, 2016 - 8:20 am Reply

      NEWCASTLE ARE IN THE CHAMPIONSHIP AND WILL FIND IT HARD GETTING BACK UP.PALACE WITH NEW AMERICAN INVESTMENT WILL SPEND WELL.NEWCASTLE ARE A BIT ANT N DEC!!!!!!

    • Richard June 7, 2016 - 8:25 am Reply

      RAFA THE GAFFA WILL BE OFF MATE ONCE HE WAKES UP!!!!NEW STADIUM ON ITS WAY GEORDIE BOY AND NO RELEGATION BATTLE EITHER!!WHATS YOUR FIRST GAME OF THE SEASON??!!!!

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