David Moyes delivered an emotional speech after receiving the Chairman's BlueBlood Award at the 8th Annual End of Season Awards.
The 50-year-old Scot, who will leave the Blues next month after more than 11 years at the Goodison helm, was chosen by Bill Kenwright as the recipient of his personal award this year.
And after a rousing address from the Chairman and receiving the gift of a gold watch in addition to the BlueBlood trophy, Moyes addressed the audience for almost 10 minutes with a speech from the heart reflecting on his time on Merseyside.
"The memories I've got from Everton are going to live with me for a long time," he said.
"The character the players here have had is great. All the players in my time here have been great. I often think how lucky I am to not only have great players but great men. For that, I thank them all.
"I brought all the players in the current group to Everton, barring Ossie and Hibbo. I take full responsibility for the players we have here and I've always wanted to give the players everything we can and tell them that we will be challenging at the top of the league. I always tell them we will keep getting better, and I believe we have.
"The group of players we have got are great. The way they work means they police themselves. On the training ground every day, they are the ones who demand it of each other and after my time, they won't allow it to change because there are too many players with the same approach. They know the standards we've set and what is required.
"Behind-the-scenes, we have former players in Alan Stubbs, David Weir and Duncan Ferguson back on the staff. And there will be more from the group there now because they are great lads."
And as he prepares to leave Everton for the last time, Moyes was keen to thank the fans and reassure them he is leaving a group of players that will not allow the progress of recent seasons to slip.
He added: "I would like to thank all the players for the way they performed this season because they have been excellent all year. They've been in the top group in the table pushing all year, our home record has been excellent and the players have been brilliant for me - I couldn't fault them at all. I would like to thank them for everything they have done.
"On Sunday I have to say I thought Everton showed great class in the way you treated your manager. But more importantly for me, in the second half you supported your Club. You knew you were losing your manager but you supported your Club. I admired that more than I have admired anything and I hope you keep supporting your Club. I wish you all the very best for the future. Thank you."
Moyes departed the stage to rousing applause from the audience as a video montage of his finest moments as Everton boss played on the big screens in St George's Hall.