Andy Townsend

Where is Andy Townsend now?

After winding down his career with West Bromwich Albion, Andy Townsend was forced into retirement in 2000 due to a recurrent knee injury.

A hard-working midfielder, Townsend had a 20-year playing career making over 600 appearances and winning the League Cup twice during his four years at Aston Villa, captaining the 1996 winning side.

He was also a mainstay of the Republic of Ireland national side in the 1990’s, winning 70 caps and representing them in the 1990 and 1994 FIFA World Cup finals.
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Upon retiring from playing he was offered a coaching job by Gary Megson at West Bromwich Albion but he turned down the offer so that he could pursue a media career.

After more than a decade as a prominent figure in ITV’s football coverage and co-commentator for ITV’s coverage of the Champion’s League and the FA Cup, Townsend left the channel in 2015.

He does still work as a pundit and a co-commentator for other domestic and international channels including BT Sport and has recently returned to ITV for the occasional game.

He has also featured as a commentator on a number of EA Sports titles including the FIFA series of games.

Townsend also owns a promotions business called Andy Townsend Promotions which encompasses his media work.

In 2018 Townsend was signed up by Playon as one of their ambassadors. Founded by former England international Viv Anderson Playon is a global network of sports professionals which provide ex-players with an opportunity to keep earning and maintaining their value in retirement.

The network also assists with some of the main issues ex-professionals are faced with when they retire from professional sports such as depression and anxiety.

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Andy Townsend: Premier League Statistics

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Premier League Teams Played forAston Villa, Chelsea, Middlesbrough

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