The left-back admits it is a massive loss to see the Scotsman head to Manchester United in place of Sir Alex Ferguson but believes the club can continue on with the legacy he has left at Goodison Park.
"It's a massive loss to lose the manager," the England international told evertonfc.com.
"It was a sad day after the last game at Goodison particularly because you've been working with him for so long, he's always around, he's such a hard worker and he doesn't miss a beat.
"It will be so strange the day we walk through the door and he's not there. But football clubs live on and we'll live on, we'll move on.
"We'll always remember what he did for the club and where he's put us, but it's up to the rest of us, the people who remain and the people who come in, to take it forward now and build on the foundations he's worked hard to put in."