Jonas Gutierrez

By Dan King - Newcastle United Club Reporter

No matter what the result when Newcastle take on Manchester City on Sunday in the final game of the season at the Sports Direct Arena, Jonas Gutierrez is looking forward to showing his appreciation to the home supporters at the end of the match.

United's players and staff will complete a lap of honour after the final whistle, giving the fans a chance to thank the players for what has been the most memorable season on Tyneside for several years.

But for popular Gutierrez - who, along with the Gallowgate faithful, experienced the pain of relegation in 2008/09 - it's also an opportunity for him to applaud the best supporters in the land for the way they have continued to back their heroes through the good times and the bad.

This weekend's game could see United go fourth with a victory, while Roberto Mancini's visitors need three points to stay on course for the Barclays Premier League title and unsurprisingly it is another sell-out.

"What can you say about the fans?," Gutierrez asked nufc.co.uk.

"Even when we got relegated to the Championship, most of the games at home were sold out. We know that they are with us and we try to do our best to make sure they enjoy their football.

"What we're doing now, this is for them after the last three years, which were difficult at times for them and the club because we got relegated and then we went into the Championship.

"So we're trying to play our football and do our best to give those fans a gift - and hopefully another three points."

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