Crystal Palace boss Neil Warnock fears owner Simon Jordan will walk away from football over the John Bostock affair.
The 16-year-old agreed a five-year contract with Spurs when his contract at Crystal Palace expired at the start of the month, but the clubs went to arbitration when they could not agree a fee.
Palace owner Jordan wanted in the region of £5million for the player, who was still 15 when he made his first-team debut in October, but the tribunal settled on a fee rising to £1.25million.
Jordan voiced his anger and disappointment at the tribunal's decision in an interview with Sky Sports News and Warnock fears it could be a tipping point for Jordan.
"I've never seen Simon as disillusioned as I did last week," Warnock told the Daily Mirror.
"He's still enthusiastic about Palace, but he feels utterly saddened by the way football is heading.
Devastated"He was devastated, absolutely rock bottom, because he loves the academy and he knows how important it is to the club.
"But he's questioning himself now and saying, 'I don't know whether I want to be involved in the game any more if it's like this'. And I think he's being serious."
Warnock claims Bostock has the "potential to go all the way", but reckons he has chosen the wrong time to move into the Premier League.
Warning"Bostock would have broken into our first team next season and played regularly in the Championship," added Warnock.
"Is he going to get in Spurs' team ahead of (Luka) Modric? There's no way he'll get in the side for three or four years - he would have been better off getting 50 or 100 games with us."