Everton’s captain for next season, England central defender Phil Jagielka, admits that Everton will miss manager David Moyes, and his replacement will have big boots to fill.
After 11 years at Goodison Park Moyes is heading to Manchester United to take over from Sir Alex Ferguson.
Moyes was given an emotional send-off by the Toffees faithful during the 2-0 win over West Ham on Sunday and Jagielka confesses he will be missed, but whoever comes in has a solid team to work with.
"The guy has been here 11 years and has transformed the playing staff, the coaching staff, the facilities from top to bottom," said Jagielka.
"In the changing room we are obviously all gutted he will be leaving us next season but we understand the way football is.
"Frustrations must have been high. Teams around us that are potentially not doing as well but getting more finances made it a tough couple of years.
"To the same extent he has probably had the best squad he's had for a long time but he is still leaving that behind and we are still looking forward to next season."
"At the moment he has done a lot for the club but he is leaving it in a great state.
"For the manager who comes in his first phone call should probably be to David Moyes to thank him for the squad he put together.
"It is going to be an interesting summer to see who does come in but we are proud to have had David Moyes as our manager.
"There are only two players who he hasn't brought in and even those two - Tony Hibbert and Leon Osman - have gone on to have great careers.
"He has done a lot for everyone, not just the players here but others who have gone on to do other things and win trophies - the manager has a big role to play in a lot of people's careers."