Everton Chairman Bill Kenwright has vowed to find the right man to carry on the work done by David Moyes.
The 50-year-old Scot will depart Goodison when his contract ends next month in order to take up the managerial role being vacated by the retiring Sir Alex Ferguson at Manchester United.
Kenwright admits events have moved quickly this week and having now confirmed that Moyes will be leaving Goodison, he is determined to ensure he and the board find a candidate with the right credentials to build on the foundations laid by Moyes during his 11 years with the Blues.
Speaking to Sky Sports News, Kenwright said: "We really will be out there finding the right man for this football club because it’s an extraordinary football club that is worshipped by its fans. They are the people – more than anything - that I have been thinking of over the last 24 hours.
"Eleven years ago I made a decision and it was an instant decision when I met David. I don’t think that can happen this time. We have got to be out there looking to see what kind of candidates can take the Club forward.
"We've had a really good 11 year adventure with David and now it is my job and the Club's job to get a worthy successor and build on what David has brought to the Club and to hopefully move on from there."
Indeed, Kenwright was keen to acknowledge the Club's appreciation of Moyes' efforts during a managerial career on Merseyside that has seen him take charge of more than 500 matches.
He added: "He's a great manager and Manchester United are very lucky.
"I'm pretty certain Evertonians will only look on David with gratitude. We have got two games left and it will be tough for those Evertonians to say goodbye to him.
"We couldn't stand in his way because he’s out of contract and it was his decision and he has made it.
"Its been an extraordinary 24 hours and it is important now that we finish off the season against West Ham and Chelsea, maintain our position and that from here on Everton Football Club continues, in the David Moyes and Everton Football Club tradition, with an equally significant manager."
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