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.
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.