Everton captain Phil Jagielka has paid tribute to departing manager David Moyes.
The Scot was yesterday confirmed as Manchester United’s new boss, officially replacing departing chief Sir Alex Ferguson on July 1.
And Toffees defender Jagielka said: “Like the rest of the squad I have nothing but the highest regard for David Moyes.
“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.
“Once the season is over we can look forward, in order to ensure we continue to build on the positive work of the past few seasons.”