Everton defender Phil Jagielka has called on the side to carry on the work done by David Moyes.
Moyes was confirmed as Alex Ferguson’s successor at Manchester United on Thursday, and will take over at Old Trafford at the end of the season.
Jagielka, who has been at the club for seven of Moyes’ 11 seasons, lauded the Scot for the club’s progression – particularly in 2012-13, as the club have challenged for UEFA Champions League qualification.
“Like the rest of the squad I have nothing but the highest regard for David Moyes,” Jagielka told Everton’s official website.
“He is a first-class operator on and off the training ground and on behalf of the players I would like to place on record my thanks for the work he has done improving the team.
“It was as much of a shock to the dressing room as I’m sure it was to Everton and our fans.
“All the lads wish him the very best for the future but we still have two important Premier League games to play and all our attention will be focused on winning against West Ham and at Chelsea.
“Once the season is over, we can collectively look forward in order to ensure we continue to build on the positive work of the past few seasons.”
Moyes will take charge of the side for the last time at Goodison Park against West Ham on Sunday, before his final game as manager of the club at Chelsea on May 19.