New England Revolution skipper Shalrie Joseph has revealed he was close to tears when he had to say goodbye to departed coach Steve Nicol.
The Revs and the former Liverpool star have mutually decided to part ways after a working relationship of 10 years and Joseph insists it has been hard to take after so many great achievements together.
"I almost went to tears, to be honest about it," Joseph said. "I've known Stevie for over nine years now.
"He's a huge part of my success and a huge part of where I am right now. It's definitely one of my saddest days as a Revolution player."
Despite losing Nicol and even after a bottom-placed finish in MLS this season, 33-year old Joseph insists he is keen to remain at the Gillette Stadium for the rest of his playing days.
"I want to finish my career here," Joseph added. "Bottom line, I want to finish my career here.
"(Nicol) understands that. We talked a little bit about that. He told me that I need to do what's good for me.
"I want to finish my career here, there's no doubt about it. I love being here."