Sam Allardyce has declared on Friday that Andros Townsend was never going to be allowed to leave Selhurst Park in January.

The former Newcastle Manager when asked at his press conference today whether the winger had been set to leave, replied with ‘never, not ever’.

The Crystal Palace boss admitting that the only interest the club had received was from Newcastle but this was only a loan offer and that was ‘never going to happen’.

Sam Allardyce also adding that Townsend’s ‘long-term future is with Palace’.

All very confusing for Newcastle supporters who were told right throughout January that a possible deal was in the offing, even continuing right through to deadline day and the final hours when Andros Townsend actually came off the bench for Palace and set up their second goal at Bournemouth.

It isn’t difficult to imagine Fat Sam taking great pleasure in having had something most Newcastle fans wanted and playing the whole situation for his own amusement.

After subbing the winger in each of his first four games in charge and then dropping him for the last two, he doesn’t appear to be a key player for Allardyce.

However, if no replacement was available in January then he wouldn’t have had much to gain letting Townsend go out on loan, even if he isn’t going to be a first team regular.

Sam Allardyce when asked if Andros Townsend had been set to leave Crystal Palace in January:

“Never. Not ever,

“The only interest was a loan from Newcastle which was never going to happen.

“His long-term future is with Palace.”