The appointment of Alan Pardew as West Brom boss has set tongues wagging across the game, with Andros Townsend’s father all too happy to wade in on the debate over whether the former Palace gaffer deserves another shot in the Premier League.
The man wins 6 games in a calendar year and gets another job in the Prem.
I just don’t get it? https://t.co/Bc6QiH2Glg
— Troy Townsend (@Towno10) November 28, 2017
Pardew was the man who sold Crystal Palace to Andros Townsend at the start of the 2016-17 Premier League season, only to completely strip the England winger of confidence during their few months together in SE25.
Having left Spurs for Newcastle and flourished on Tyneside despite the Magpies eventually falling through the relegation trap-door, Townsend decided to move back into the Premier League with Palace at the earliest opportunity, not realising that he and “Pards” would be unable to keep a working relationship going for more than a couple of months.
It’s easy to forget now but Andros was on the verge of leaving the club at the end of the January transfer window before Sam Allardyce arrived and kick-started his season in spectacular fashion. Having played a key role in a goal away at Watford and again off the bench away at Bournemouth at the end of January, Townsend was a player reborn under the former England boss, much to the joy of his father and Palace’s fans.
For the remainder of the campaign, Townsend, along with Wilfried Zaha and Christian Benteke worked wonders at the head of our side, helping to score the goals which kept us afloat in the Premier League and reminding everyone who had doubted Andros, just why Pardew had splashed out to prise him away from St James’ Park in the first place.
Whilst specific details surrounding the family’s obvious dislike of Alan have never been made public, tweets such as the one attached above leave no one in any doubt as to the general view of him from inside the Townsend household.
The fact that Palace travel to the Hawthorns this weekend is rather convenient for those who thrive on drama, with one or two players no doubt feeling they have a point to prove against their former boss. A penny for the winger’s thoughts heading into the game anyone?