Perez went home to Tenerife comforted by the fact compatriot and Toon boss Rafa Benitez, who won promotion to La Liga with the island’s football club early in his managerial career, had also committed himself to Newcastle.
Even if he had wanted to escape the trials and tribulations of relegation, he couldn’t. The Toon Army, on tour, saw to that!
“I was lucky to be born on a holiday island, so I could spend the whole summer there with family and friends,” said Perez.
“But you see a lot of English people there – especially fans from Newcastle, wearing their black and white shirts.”