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Tony Pulis leaves Crystal Palace row with his lawyers


West Brom manager Tony Pulis was ordered to pay damages to his former club Crystal Palace

West Brom manager Tony Pulis was ordered to pay damages to his former club Crystal Palace

West Brom manager Tony Pulis was ordered to pay damages to his former club Crystal Palace

Tony Pulis has vowed to have his say over his legal battle with Crystal Palace - but when the time is right.

It has been reported that the West Brom manager has failed to repay a penny of the £3.7million he owes his former club, with stories circulating that Palace are considering sending bailiffs to recover the debt.

Pulis was ordered to pay damages to Palace by a Premier League managers' arbitration tribunal, which concluded he had "secured early payment of his bonus from the club by deceit" in August 2014.

In the tribunal it emerged Pulis had a contract which would reward him with a £2million bonus if he kept Palace in the Premier League in 2013-14 and stayed in the manager's job until August 31, 2014. Pulis kept Palace in the top flight but left on August 14, two days after the club had agreed to his request for early payment of the bonus.

Palace bosses complained Pulis had deceived them into paying the bonus early by saying he was "committed" to the club and "urgently needed the money early" so that he could buy some land for his children.

Ahead of Palace's Premier League visit to The Hawthorns on Saturday, Pulis said: "The situation is the lawyers have told me not to say anything and when the situation is concluded then I will have my say on it.

"This business has been going on for two and a half years and it's something that is not for me to talk about at the moment and if I said anything I could get myself in trouble, and I don't want to do that."

Pulis denied wrongdoing and said he only wanted to leave Palace if it was "mutually agreeable for him to leave on the eve of the new season", and that it had been "mutually agreeable".

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

They also concluded he had not told the truth and "deliberately misled" Palace chairman Steve Parish concerning his intentions. The arbitrators described his conduct before and during the litigation as "disgraceful".

Pulis had claimed the decision was unfair and mounted a challenge in the High Court b ut in November, judge Sir Michael Burton ruled against him after a hearing in London.

" I'll let the lawyers do their work," said Pulis when the subject was raised at his pre-match press conference on Friday.

"I'm not so sure the Palace fans will be (different towards me). They can make their own mind up. They were fantastic to me and what has happened off the pitch has been really disappointing, but I can't go into it.

"All I can say is I had a great time at Palace and the supporters were fantastic to me, especially towards the back end of the season when we got enough points to stay up.

"It was a magnificent season on the football pitch."

On the pitch, West Brom continue to exceed all expectations this season and remain surprise contenders for European football.

Pulis' side will seek an eighth win in nine home Premier League games against Palace on Saturday to keep them on the coat-tails of seventh-placed Everton ahead of next weekend's trip to Goodison Park to face the Toffees.

But the Baggies boss knows maintaining the run will not be easy.

"When you look at the Palace squad and the depth and the talent they've got, it's going to be a real tough game," he said.

"If supporters turn up and think we're just going to roll Palace over they're going to get a real shock. We've got to be on it and make sure everybody's up for it."

Pulis will check on the fitness of Matt Phillips after the winger missed the home win against Bournemouth with a hamstring injury.

Defender Craig Dawson has already been checked over and is fine to play after a bang to the head saw him withdrawn early in the second half against the Cherries.

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