He said: “I can only speak as I find, and Jack was the best Chairman I ever worked for - because you always knew where you stood with him.
“When he came to board meetings, he minuted everything in detail, and as a manager I liked that clarity. From the outset I was told there was no money to spend on new players, but if I generated any funds through sales, I could spend it.
“The Chairman was great with me, and avoiding relegation with a game to spare when we won at Oxford felt as good as winning promotion.”
Perryman was almost two years into his reign when he produced his single biggest shockwave at Vicarage Road, knocking reigning champions Leeds out of the League Cup with a 2-1 win.
Like his great escape, that result is too easily forgotten.