Tony Pulis 'really disappointed' with High Court outcome
Last Updated: 02/12/16 11:12am
West Brom manager Tony Pulis has spoken of his disappointment after he was ordered to pay his former club Crystal Palace £3.7m by a High Court judge earlier this week.
Pulis had gone to the High Court to challenge a decision by a Premier League Managers' Arbitration Tribunal to pay Palace damages after his departure in August 2014.
The dispute centred on the payment of a £2m bonus for keeping Palace in the Premier League and remaining employed by the club until August 31, 2014.
The 58-year-old contended that the original verdict was unfair but Judge Sir Michael Burton upheld it.
Pulis, who took charge of Palace on a two-and-a-half-year contract on November 23, 2013, says he was left stunned by the outcome but is now keen to move on.
Speaking at his press conference on Friday ahead of Albion's home game against Watford on Saturday, he said: "Obviously I've got to bite my tongue a little bit at the moment. I'm really disappointed with the outcome.
"Obviously I strenuously deny what has been said, but it's been done. I have to move on, they have to move on.
"I had 10 fantastic months at Crystal Palace. The first game I went to watch away at Hull; I think they had three points from 11 games. That season we finished 11th in the league.
"It was a fantastic achievement, the players were brilliant and the fans were fantastic. They were great memories for me and nothing or nobody will take that away from me.
"But I have to move on. I've got a massive job here, we're flying at the moment. There's plenty of confidence around the place. The supporters are enjoying it, which is really good as well. That's important."
Pulis also said he will speak candidly about the issue in the future and refused to rule out appealing when asked.
He added: ""One day - it can't be now - hopefully I'll get the chance to pick this through with everybody.
"I know a lot of people, friends, family, people in this room and others, I'll let them judge my integrity and character. I can't say too much. I've been advised by lawyers not to say too much at this present moment, but there will come a time."