"Luis Boa Morte has been a fantastic professional and every time he has played he has done his job," he told whufc.com.
"He is incredible in the changing room and he is one of the players that every manager would want to have. I don't think he deserves the supporters picking on him, it also makes it more difficult for him. [That he did not leave] is more proof that he cares about what he is doing here. He wanted to stay and prove to be useful for the cause. He's got all my respect."