The recent news that Tony Pulis will be forced into paying Crystal Palace more than £3.5 million by a Premier League mediation panel has led to plenty of confusion throughout the game, thanks to the murky waters that surround contract law.
Whilst the overall sum and a rough breakdown of the figure was given out by Sky Sports News at the moment the story first broke, there were still a variety of questions that needed answering in the minds of Palace fans everywhere; a task that the piece attached above does in extremely concise fashion.
Although we were all well aware that Palace’s case revolved around the “survival bonus” that was shelled out to Pulis shortly before the start of the 2014/15 campaign, the reasons for the delay in forcing the Welshman to pay us back were unknown to most of our fans until now.
There was never much doubt from our side of the fence that Parish’s case against his former employee was rock solid, given the delay the club took in opening legal proceedings against the current West Brom boss, but to even the most confident of bystanders, the sum of £3.5 million has caused a figurative sharp intake of breath.
Given the fact that you are reading this, there’s a pretty solid chance that you have a genuine interest in learning more about the case Palace have against the baseball cap sporting touchline screamer, and if that is the case, I implore you to take a few minutes to digest Andy’s wonderfully crafted summary of the events that have taken place over the last few months between the two parties.
The financial windfall may not make a seismic difference to us over the next year or so, but from a moral perspective, the verdict is a huge victory for Crystal Palace FC.