Outgoing Everton manager David Moyes has paid tribute to the players as he prepared for his final game after 11 years at the helm.
The 50-year-old's last game as boss of the Merseyside outfit is this Sunday's trip to Chelsea.
Speaking at the club's end-of-season awards ceremony, Moyes said: "The memories I've got from Everton are going to live with me for a long time.
"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 Leon Osman and Tony Hibbert.
"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.
"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."
Moyes also thanked Everton supporters for their continuing support, adding: "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."