The 2015-16 season was a horror show for Newcastle United and even the high profile appointment of Rafa Benitez could not prevent them from being condemned to relegation.
But Benitez’s decision to continue managing Newcastle even in the Championship had an extremely positive effect on the mood in the stands.
His decision to stick with the Magpies in the second tier and then his subsequent success, with the Toons on course to gain automatic promotion and within a good chance to win the championship this season, has elevated him to a cult hero status amongst the Newcastle fans.
And hence, in an epic show of respect, Newcastle fans have planned to unfurl a massive flag of the manager during the Aston Villa game tonight.
This initiative was taken by Gallowgate Flags, a Newcastle United fans movement to rebuilt a special atmosphere in St. James Park, and show support to their team through visually stunning displays.