Everton defender Phil Jagielka believes the club is in good stead despite manager David Moyes leaving at the end of the season to succeed Sir Alex Ferguson at Old Trafford.
The Toffees recorded a convincing 2-0 win against West Ham in what was Moyes’ and longstanding veteran Phil Neville’s last home game at the club.
The victory means the Blues end the campaign with only one defeat at Goodison Park, and Jagielka feels there is still room for improvement next season.
Talking to the official Everton website, Jagielka said: “I think that was the hardest decision for the manager, because he's assembled a very good squad.”
"He's assembled a fantastic group and hopefully next season we'll come back with a new manager in charge and he can carry on from where the gaffer's left off.
"[Moyes and Neville] have given a long, large part of their life to this football club and made it into a better place. Phil's been a fantastic captain and the manager's record speaks for itself.
"We would have loved to have won something under him but maybe that'll have to wait until next year,” added the 30-year-old.
With Phil Neville still out injured, Jagielka is again expected to captain the side when Everton travel to Chelsea on Sunday’s Premier League finale.
Everton can achieve a Premier League record points total with a win at Stamford Bridge and the vice-skipper is happy that the side has given Moyes the send-off the Scot deserves.
"We all knew what was at stake," he continued.
"Emotions aside, we needed a win to finish off the season well at home. It's always nice to play as well as we did. The first goal especially was fantastic."
Speculation surrounding Moyes’ successor is ever increasing, Wigan boss Roberto Martinez is still the bookmaker’s favourite, while Toffees legend and Everton u21 coach Alan Stubbs has emerged as a surprise candidate.