VIDEO: The Moment News Broke Of Pulis’ £3.5 Million Bill From The Palace

3 Posted by - March 17, 2016 - News, Video

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. 

This clip shows the dramatic moment that news of Tony Pulis’ £3.5 million sanction from the Premier League first broke on Sky Sports News. Ouch. 

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. 

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  • Richard C March 17, 2016 - 9:04 am Reply

    Excellent, that will pay for Adeybayor’s wages for another year. Lol

    • admin March 17, 2016 - 3:11 pm Reply

      Just about…

  • Richard C March 17, 2016 - 9:07 am Reply

    Oh, forgot to say that I don’t think the Fanatics will let him forget his little financial misdemeanor next time he is at Selhurst !

    • admin March 17, 2016 - 3:10 pm Reply

      Almost certainly, Richard!

  • simon white March 17, 2016 - 9:56 am Reply

    Albion fan here and I don’t know the fine details of the contract that was in place but on the face of it this seems harsh. For one thing it seems the bonus was for keeping Palace in the EPL which Pulis did. On pulis’s request the payment was brought forward being initially due after the first game of the following season. As Pulis resigned before this he was in fact in breach of contract. However if this is correct Tony was wrong from a contractual point of view but has been dealt with harshly from a moral standpoint.
    I wouldn’t expect Palace fans to concede this after all morality will never win when it stands in the way of bring better players to your club. This is sad but I fear morality and football are rather like fish and bicycles. As I said perhaps there is more to this than we know.

    • admin March 17, 2016 - 3:10 pm Reply


      Pulis walked out on the club with no warning, on the eve of the season after convincing our owner to help him out with a bonus that he wasn’t contractually due at that moment in time.

      The man broke the terms of his contract and has been correctly brought into line for it subsequently.

      The monetary penalty is secondary to the moral point being made in this particular case.

  • simon white March 17, 2016 - 4:58 pm Reply


    Of course we don’t know what the reason was for Pulis’s walk out, was there any justification for this?

    As I said it looks like Parish has all the legal arguments on his side, we don’t know the truth about the moral aspect of it. The fact remains that the bonus was for saving Palace from relegation which he achieved.

    • Martyn March 18, 2016 - 11:43 am Reply

      Speaking of morality….

      He had a good spell with us, finished 11th, Manager of the year. He had to stay until the new season started in order to get his bonus. He slimed his way around the board to get his money then as soon as it cleared and ran to the hills the day before the season started. How moral is that?

      Whatever the unbelievable injustice he felt he was suffering that made him want to leave, the least he could of done for his players (Some of which he signed) and staff that had worked hard with him for a year was honour his contract, start the season then do what he felt he had to do. To try and actively get paid on a bonus early, then leave your staff and players in the lurch the day before you go and play Arsenal away is not on and in my opinion shows his character.

      Business is business, Managers earn millions managing premier league clubs, it’s only because us minnows only tiny amounts in comparison that we see this as harsh. If you are in a contract that can earn you millions, it can go the other way if you don’t have the integrity to see it through.

      He’s a fool in my opinion and got taught a lesson that he isn’t as big as he thinks he is.

      • admin March 18, 2016 - 11:52 am Reply

        Spot on. In every single way.

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