Tony Pulis’ acrimonious departure from Crystal Palace on the eve of the 2014/15 season was brought back into the forefront of people’s minds last night in spectacular circumstances.
Until now, the Welshman’s decision to walk out on the club was nothing more than a frustrating footnote in the our recent history, but Pulis has now been ordered to pay more than £3.5 million back into the club’s coffers after a Premier League mediation panel found in favour of Steve Parish and his legal team.
The financial breakdown of Pulis’ hefty repayment centres around the £2 million “survival bonus” he received after guiding the club from bottom of the division to 11th on the final day of the campaign, with £500,000 of the sum relating to legal fees for both sides and a further £1 million being due in compensation. Whilst all of the major players in Premier League football have huge sums stashed away for a rainy day, a figure such as this would put a gigantic dent in anyone’s savings account, let alone Tony’s.
There are plenty who will suggest that the Palace fans who are currently revelling in thisnews are living in the past, but as we all know, the footballing community is one with an extremely long collective memory, particularly when an individual has overstepped a moral mark. In Pulis’ case, this landmark financial sanction only serves to confirm the startling extent of his own errors.
You could argue that a sum of £3.5 million is small change to a football club, who, should they remain in the Premier League beyond the 2015/16 season will net more than 20 times that amount from TV rights alone, but it clearly became a matter of principle for Steve Parish, with the ruling no doubt serving to satisfy his desire to see justice done against his former employee.
Both we and Pulis will move on from this, but you can be certain that the next occasion upon which the former Eagles manager is pitted against us will be a tasty affair from the very first kick.