Sky Bet Championship title winners Newcastle United are hoping that Sam Allardyce’s decision to leave Crystal Palace could act as a catalyst for The Magpies to complete a deal to re-sign winger Andros Townsend from the South London club according to the Chronicle Live.

The 62-year-old stunned The Eagles earlier this week by announcing his immediate retirement from football management despite guiding Crystal Palace to Premier League safety.

The former England boss has created a real spirit amongst the Crystal Palace squad however that bond could now be broken with some players possibly set to consider their futures.

Allardyce’s departure could benefit Newcastle United who have longed to re-sign former winger Townsend from The Eagles. The 25-year-old Leytonstone born wideman joined The Magpies in a reported £12 million deal from Tottenham Hotspur in January 2016 however the player was unable to help the Tynesiders fend off the threat of relegation from the top flight and joined current club Crystal Palace last summer.

Newcastle United boss Rafa Benitez tried to re-sign the player in January however that deal did not materialise with Crystal Palace offering Townsend an important role in the side under Allardyce’s leadership however with the club now searching for a new manager, The Magpies still hope that a deal can be reached in the coming weeks.

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