Townsend says he is thriving under AVB's man-management.
He told The Sun: "The gaffer has been fantastic with me. He texted me when I was at QPR saying 'well done' after matches.
"In pre-season he sat down with me and went through what I needed to do to improve.
"I'm now putting my head up and watching more for the run of the attacker before crossing the ball. This is something I have really worked hard on with the boss.
"I have a lot to thank him for. But I need to keep repaying his faith and keep improving."
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