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Court: Former Palace boss Pulis has to pay back big bonus

Brentford v Crystal Palace - Pre Season Friendly

BRENTFORD, ENGLAND - AUGUST 02: Crystal Palace manager Tony Pulis walks to the bench prior to the Pre Season Friendly match between Brentford and Crystal Palace at Griffin Park on August 2, 2014 in Brentford, England. (Photo by Pete Norton/Getty Images)

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West Brom manager Tony Pulis’ bank account is going to be a lot lighter real soon.

A court ruled Monday that the veteran manager had deceived Crystal Palace into getting a $2.5 million bonus before quitting the job, and ordered Pulis to pay his former employers an approximate total of $4.5 million.

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The story goes that Pulis would be due a bonus if he kept Palace from relegation and remained in the club’s employ by Aug. 31, 2014. He then asked for the bonus on Aug. 12, and quit the club two days later.

From Sky Sports:

Arbitrators had concluded that Pulis made “false representations”. They decided he had not been “committed to the club”, had not intended to stay until 31 August and “there was no such land transaction”.

They also concluded that he had not told the truth and “deliberately misled” Palace chairman Steve Parish “concerning his intentions”.


Pulis has led West Brom up the table this season, as the Baggies sit ninth with 17 points. His winning percentage at Palace was the second best of his eight stops so far, behind his time at Gillingham.

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