Sir Bobby Robson fought cancer five times and dedicated the last 18 months of his life to his charity The Sir Bobby Robson Foundation.
Speaking publicly for the first time, his wife Lady Elsie told ITV News that he would have been humbled by the response of people.
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Middlesbrough kept their unbeaten re-entry into the Premier League going drawing 0-0 at West Brom.
He has agreed a two-year contract at St. James' Park and becomes the tenth new face in the Magpies' first team squad this summer.
On the back of three consecutive Championship wins, the Magpies sit fourth, poised to move into the automatic promotion places.