â€œFinancially we made a profit and I think we had a player who had decided it was time to move on," he told the Sunday Sun.
â€œI donâ€™t think we had any alternative. There are times when you can convince a player itâ€™s right to stay, and times when you canâ€™t. He did really well in my first season as manager, and scored crucial goals for us.
â€œBut he was ready to leave. Youâ€™ve then got to get the best deal you can for the club, and I think we did that. There are times as a club when we have to decide when to sell.
â€œWeâ€™ve sold quite well in terms of the fees weâ€™ve got for players over the last couple of years. When I took over thereâ€™d been a long time since weâ€™d sold a player for profit and we ended up letting players go for nothing or paying players off.
â€œSo it was a better scenario for us as a club to actually get good money for a player, and Iâ€™m pleased with the squad that weâ€™ve got.
â€œSomeone like Yakubuâ€™s always going to score goals, heâ€™s a goalscorer and thereâ€™ll always be a place in your side for a player like that.
â€œI enjoyed working with him, heâ€™s a nice kid, quite quiet but always someone who wanted to learn and play and score goals. Heâ€™ll do that for Everton just as he did for us."