If you think that you’re having a bad day, spare a thought for Tony Pulis. The West Brom boss has been ordered to pay Crystal Palace £3.7 million by a high court judge, the Telegraph reports. Pulis was accused of fraudulent behaviour around the time of his controversial departure from the club. It turns out that Pulis wanted to leave immediately after receiving a £2 million bonus. He apparently deliberately misled Palace chairman Steve Parrish.
The Telegraph write: ‘The acrimonious dispute stemmed from August 2014 when Pulis, now the West Bromwich Albion manager, was due a £2million ‘survival’ bonus after guiding Palace to safety in the Premier League.
‘Under his contract the payment was to be made at the end of August but Pulis asked Parish that he paid it early because he needed the money to purchase a plot of land for his daughter.
‘The tribunal suggested that Pulis “sought to play on Mr Parish’s goodwill by referring to the land as being for his family (Mr Parish having recently attended the wedding of one of his daughters).”
‘The day after Pulis received the money he told a stunned Parish that he wanted to leave Palace.’
If this is true then it’s little wonder that Pulis has been ordered to pay up. It seems as though his abrupt resignation was actually a calculated move. Pulis is also accused of lying about the date of a meeting about bonus payments. The legal fees involved in the trial could see the coach fork out up to £5 million.
Time to ask the Baggies for an advance. Oh, wait…