Antonio Gómez Pérez
|File:Antonio Gómez Pérez (2010).jpg
Gómez as a Valladolid coach
|Full name||Antonio Gómez Pérez|
|Date of birth||1 August 1973|
|Place of birth||Madrid, Spain|
|Height||1.72 m (5 ft 7 1⁄2 in)|
|Newcastle United (assistant)|
|1993–1994||Real Madrid C||33||(4)|
|1994–1996||Real Madrid B||53||(7)|
|1996–1997||→ Sevilla (loan)||14||(0)|
|2015–2016||Real Madrid (assistant)|
|2016–||Newcastle United (assistant)|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
Born in Madrid, Gómez was brought up in La Liga giants Real Madrid's youth ranks, making his first-team debuts in the 1995–96 season, as Jorge Valdano was the team coach: he scored twice in only six matches during the campaign, but his presence with the main squad would be merely testimonial.
After an unassuming loan to Sevilla FC – 14 matches out of 42, top flight relegation – Gómez was released by the Merengues, continuing his career with Albacete Balompié (second division), Hércules CF (two seasons, one in the third), CD Toledo and amateurs La Roda CF, retiring in 2006 at the age of nearly 33.
In the 2006 summer, immediately after retiring, Gómez started coaching, first with former club Albacete's youth team, with which he won the campaign's Spanish Cup of the category. Subsequently, he stayed two years with the B-side in the fourth level.
Gómez re-joined former Real Madrid B coach Rafael Benítez in 2009, being named Liverpool's assistant while also training the club's reserve team. On 23 June 2010 he announced his move to Real Valladolid, signing for 2010–11 in division two after the dismissal of former Spanish national team boss Javier Clemente.
On 29 November 2010, after a 0–1 home loss against FC Cartagena, Gómez was fired by Valladolid, even though the Castile and León side ranked seventh in the league. From June 2011 to March 2013, he managed former club Albacete in the third tier, and subsequently re-joined Benítez's coaching staff at S.S.C. Napoli, Real Madrid and Newcastle United.
- Goleada a base de penaltis (Routing through penalties); Mundo Deportivo, 4 January 1996 (Spanish)
- El Real no gana ni en Mérida (Real does not even win in Mérida); Mundo Deportivo, 8 January 1996 (Spanish)
- Debutó en Primera con el Madrid ante el Valladolid de Benítez... y marcó un gol (He made Primera debut with Madrid against Benítez's Valladolid... and he scored a goal); El Norte de Castilla, 24 June 2010 (Spanish)
- Antonio Gómez, el alumno aventajado de Rafa Benítez (Antonio Gómez, Rafa Benítez's illustrious pupil); Marca, 7 August 2014 (Spanish)
- Antonio Gómez asume el nuevo proyecto del Valladolid en sustitución de Clemente (Antonio Gómez takes over new project in Valladolid replacing Clemente); Marca, 23 June 2010 (Spanish)
- El Valladolid destituye a su entrenador Antonio Gómez (Valladolid fire their manager Antonio Gómez); Diario AS, 29 November 2010 (Spanish)
- Antonio Gómez será mánager general y entrenador del nuevo ALBACETE (Antonio Gómez will be general manager and coach of new ALBACETE); El Digital Castilla La Mancha, 18 June 2011 (Spanish)
- Estos son los hombres de Benítez en el Real Madrid (These are Benítez's men at Real Madrid); Sport, 3 June 2015 (Spanish)
- Newcastle United unveil Rafa Benitez as new manager – who will the ex-Real Madrid boss bring with him to St James' Park?; Daily Mail, 11 March 2016