Monday 26 September 2016

Tony Pulis tight-lipped over legal battle with former club Crystal Palace

Published 18/03/2016 | 11:26

West Brom boss Tony Pulis joined the club in January 2015, five months after he left Crystal Palace
West Brom boss Tony Pulis joined the club in January 2015, five months after he left Crystal Palace

West Brom boss Tony Pulis has stayed tight-lipped about his legal battle with former club Crystal Palace.

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The Baggies boss was reportedly ordered to repay £3.5million back to the Eagles, who he left on the eve of the 2014-15 season, this week.

Pulis was paid a bonus of a reported £2million after he kept Palace in the Premier League at the end of 2013-14.

Pulis had taken over at Selhurst Park with the club in the relegation zone, but after being paid the bonus for keeping them up as 11th-placed finishers, he left 48 hours before the 2014-15 campaign after reported disagreements over player recruitment.

The sum is reported to include a £1million fine from the Premier League and the legal costs of both Pulis and Palace.

Palace took the case to an independent mediation tribunal and Pulis has stayed quiet.

"I can't say anything at the moment," Pulis said. "The process is still ongoing.

"As soon as it's over and we're allowed to speak, then I'll speak about it.

"It's an ongoing process so that's it. I've been told not to say anything so it's lovely to be here to talk about West Bromwich Albion."

Pulis takes charge of West Brom against Norwich on Saturday knowing a win will take them over 40 points. Albion have won three of their last five games to move clear of any relegation danger and Pulis is happy with their form.

"We've got 19 points from 11 games I've just been told," he told a press conference. "We're e ight undefeated at home so we're in a good run of form.

"We've played really well in those games as well. We need to keep it going with nine games to go.

"Obviously the confidence in the club is sky high. We know Saturday will be a tough game - Norwich are fighting for their lives and there are no easy games in the Premier League.

"We've just got to make sure everybody stays grounded and continues the hard work we've put in."

James Morrison (hamstring), Chris Brunt (knee) and Callum McManaman (ankle) are out while Jonny Evans (hamstring) and Craig Dawson (ankle) are doubts.

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