The 28-year old opened up as he said that he was worried that the coach who signed him had gone, and questioned his decision to leave Tottenham Hotspur, as the Tyneside club were potentially getting relegated and he was out of the team and not playing.
Townsend recalled when Benitez gave him a confidence boost and eased a lot of his fears by telling him to come into the side when he was ready. He added that he would always listen to the Spanish coach as he was a big name, and claimed that they had a good relationship both on and off the pitch.
The Englishman summarised by labelling Rafa as authoritative and said that when he spoke, you listened.
These members of the Toon faithful discussed the winger’s comments on Twitter:
Funny most players to work with Rafa absolutely loved the guy. Yet when he’s not around stab him in the back and claim it’s never been better under Bruce… Pr machine in full swing… #AshleyThat
— TMW (@TilehurstsOwn) April 28, 2020
— Alex Scott (@1southst) April 28, 2020
Because we had our time with him as manager,he left..sick of living in the past,time to look to the future,would have Poch any day of the week over rafa
— Ben aka xxxxposed (@xxxxposedpubg) April 28, 2020
Couldn’t of enjoyed it that much
— Michael Carr (@Michael181168) April 28, 2020
He couldnt wait to jump ship that lad.
— Rich (@RichieS2020) April 28, 2020
Just dont get any ideas about coming back eh
— murraysminted75 (@alloutgungho) April 28, 2020
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