The tickets to Singapore had been issued and the club’s owner was waiting but Pako Ayestarán insisted he was not going anywhere until he made a call.
Middlesbrough drew 1-1 with Brighton and Hove Albion.
Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal are fighting for the second spot in the Premier League table this season.
Eric Black's men held the Magpies to a 0-0 draw at Villa Park to end a run of 11 straight defeats.
Sunderland beat Chelsea on Saturday to put Premier League survival in their own hands.
Leeds United drew 1-1 with Preston North End.
Both sides clash at the Etihad in Manuel Pellegrini's goodbye game at Eastlands.
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The Black Cats took a huge step toward Premier League safety.