Seamus Coleman has thanked departing duo David Moyes and Phil Neville for helping him realise his Premier League dream.
Manager Moyes gave Irishman Coleman his first-team chance as a teenager shortly after signing him for a nominal fee from homeland outfit Sligo Rovers in January 2009.
The 24-year-old has since gone on to rack up 101 appearances for the Blues, establishing himself as a regular under the Scot and earning 11 caps for his country.
Coleman, however, acknowledges none of that would have been possible but for the support he received from Everton's outgoing pair.
Speaking after Sunday's emotional farewell lap of honour at Goodison Park, Coleman told evertontv: "This is great and well deserved for two very, very professional people who have done brilliant for Everton Football Club.
"For me, personally, David Moyes made me a Premier League player and Phil Neville helped along in a way and I'll be forever grateful to the two of them."
A brace from Kevin Mirallas added to the party atmosphere at Goodison, the 2-0 win over West Ham United guaranteeing a sixth-place Premier League finish and the Merseyside bragging rights for a second successive season.
"I think it was important for the manager," added Coleman. "He's been so good for every one of us and I think you could see out there we wanted to play for the manager so he could say goodbye in style."