I suspect that Pulis used those words to Crystal Palace chairman Steve Parish when they were falling out over potential transfers. Pulis wanted to bring in proven Premier League players, but they come at a price. The two men parted company on Thursday evening.
This morning I do wonder if Pulis is feeling a little used. His Chairman Steve Parish has refused to sanction the purchase of players whose wages would have exceeded the budget he, Parish, had allocated.
I have heard Parish interviewed often and I am willing to believe he is sincere in his beliefs and his plan to keep the Eagles flying high.
But why appoint Pulis in the first place if he was not prepared to back him? Why have as your manager a strong minded man if, when push comes to shove, you are not prepared to let him do it his way?
I cannot help but think Tony Pulis was used. He was, as I predicted to members of VG Tips at the time of his appointment, the perfect man to keep the then struggling Palace in the Premier League. Many so called experts said Palace were doomed. That nobody could keep the side up. I knew Tony Pulis could.
His record at Crystal Palace reads:- Games 26 and a win rate of 42%. A vast improvement on what had gone before.
It is the reason that Pulis will not be without work for long. I feel sure club chairmen will have his telephone number on speed dial and that they will be calling him sooner rather than later.
A couple of Premier League clubs will be interested in him, and several Championship club owners would also be keen to persuade him to drop down a division.
West Ham could do worse than bite the bullet, pay off Sam Allardyce, and go get Pulis now.
I just do not see the point in asking a manager whose method of working is no secret to do a specific job, only to then pull the rug from under him and not support him financially in the transfer market.
I do wonder if, as far as Parish was concerned, Tony Pulis had already done the job he wanted of him. Namely, avoiding relegation last season.
Crystal Palace may appoint someone quickly. Malky Mackay is the odds on favourite with the bookies. But to go into the first game of the season without a manager is careless.
Whoever comes in will have to keep the Eagles up on a limited budget. And he will have to keep on side a set of players who had so enjoyed working for Pulis that they left nothing on the pitch.
Crystal Palace are still in the Premier League because of the dedication to duty, and canny tactical nous of Tony Pulis.
He’ll be back in work before long. I’d bet my baseball cap on it!