"He raised the bar for everybody, even for the likes of United, the Arsenals, they had to liven up their act a bit, and they came back stronger again, United and Arsenal, in the last year or two.
"There are lots of good teams out there - I could name you 10 and say, 'they are a good team' - but they are not a top team, and that is the gap he bridged.
"He will be a loss to the Premier League, there is no getting away from that.
"The big thing for me is that he raised the bar for everybody because maybe one or two people took their eye off the ball and he came along and thought, 'I am the real deal', and that was good to see.
"But I am not sitting here feeling sorry for him, far from it. He has proved to be a top manager and he will continue to be a top manager, it's just unfortunate it won't be at Chelsea."