Rewind back precisely five months - Newcastle United were in serious trouble. Specifically, on the brink of a possible relegation.
A win and only a win was needed on the final day of the season at home to West Ham. After a season of inconsistency and diminished spirit, now was the time to pull together and give the Geordie faithful something to shout about.
The Magpies did just that, a storming 2-0 win confirmed their status in the top flight - and to put the icing on the safety cake, Jonas Gutierrez secured the win with their second goal of the afternoon.
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A passionate and topless celebration followed as St James Park erupted with joy and a hint of real relief. A fairytale ending to a somewhat depressing Newcastle campaign.
However, the events to follow weren't exactly storybook material. The Newcastle board decided to release the Argentine hero soon after by phone.
Not exactly the deserved farewell to an individual who secured your club's top flight status after coming back from a year-long battle with testicular cancer.
Even so, it went ahead - and it now appears Newcastle United look set to deal with the repercussions.
According to The Daily Mail, the 32-year-old is now filing a £2 million disability discrimination claim against the Magpies.
After previously accusing the club of 'dishonesty' over their handling of the situation surrounding his release - Gutierrez looks to be following through with his apparent frustration.
A sad ending it seems to a real Newcastle fan favourite that will most likely sadden the Geordie faithful, especially given his heroic status on Tyneside. Unfortunately, the club's relationship with their former Captain appears to have turned sour to the point of no recovery.
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