Carlo Ancelotti made a final tribute to the Chelsea fans before receiving the axe at Stamford Bridge.
The Italian's final act was to watch his side go down 1-0 at Goodison Park, with Jermaine Beckford scoring the winner for ten-man Everton on the last day of the season.
Despite having second place assured in the Barclays Premier League, it would not prove to be enough for the former AC Milan boss, whose name was sung by the travelling Blues fans throughout the match.
'I was happy for this reason," said Ancelotti in reference to the fan chants.
"We have a very good relationship, they support us, they support me all the time. For this reason I am really happy, We would like to finish the season differently but unfortunately we needed a strong motivation today. Even though we had one more player in the second half, we didn't play well, it was disappointing."
Ancelotti believed the aforementioned lack of motivation was a telling factor for his side, who could have won the title had they won at Old Trafford against Manchester United a fortnight ago.
However, the Blues were forced to settle for second place, and the manager admitted it was not the finish they wanted before receiving his marching orders from owner Roman Abramovich.
"It was difficult to find the right motivation. Obviously we wanted to play differently, to finish the season differently but this is normal at the end of the season when you have worked really hard but lost the fight for the title," he continued.
"We cannot say we are happy to reach second place, Chelsea has to fight for the title all the time. Sometimes there are problems and you are not able to win, this was this year for us."