Andros Townsend has revealed that he regrets the way his career at Tottenham Hotspur came to an end.
The midfielder who came through the academy ranks at the North London club clashed with fitness coach Nathan Gardiner in November 2015 after he was an unused substitute in a win against Aston Villa at White Hart Lane.
Townsend had not started under Mauricio Pochettino in the Premier League that season with the Argentine opting to bring on fellow midfielders Ryan Mason and Josh Onomah in the second half against Villa.
The player who was 24 at the time of the incident was pictured arguing and pushing Gardiner on the pitch after the match while the players were going through their post-game warm down.
Pochettino later banished Townsend from training with the Spurs first team as punishment for the incident and had to see out his career with the club playing for the Under-21 side (ESPN).
He ended up moving to Newcastle United in January 2016 and has now spoke of his regret about the incident and how his career ended at the club he loves.
Townsend said in an interview with the Players’ Tribune: “The saddest part for me, and the one thing I truly regret, is the way things ended at Spurs. Obviously, I was so frustrated, sitting on the bench, not getting a run out. When you see your time is coming to an end at a club, it’s horrible. If you’re a competitor, it makes you so angry. But when it’s your club, and it’s clearly the end.… Personally, I was devastated.
“So I ended up taking my frustrations out on our fitness coach after a match. I was an unused sub that night, and we got into a little dispute, and I pushed him. I really regret it, because Spurs will always be my club, and I don’t want the supporters to remember me from that image.”
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