Fulham midfielder Simon Davies has heaped praise on Roy Hodgson, saying 'he is the best manager I have ever worked with'.
Fulham came nerve-shatteringly close to Europa League glory when pushing Atletico Madrid to extra-time in the final in Hamburg on Wednesday.
It was not to be, though, for the Cottagers, whose hopes of silverware were dashed by a last-gasp Diego Forlan winner minutes before the final whistle.
And yet, even in defeat, the players can draw so much from their monumental achievements under Hodgson this term.
His impact since joining the then-troubled club in late 2007 has been unbelievable, leaving Davies, amongst others, forever in his debt.
A real shame
Davies admits that, having gone as far as they did in the tournament, to lose in the final was utterly heart breaking.
"You leave yourself open to get hurt more when you start believing that you can win it," he told the Daily Star.
"We have had an attitude all along the way that you do not dare to believe, but getting to the final you want to win.
"It is just a shame that we did not manage it."
He added: "Roy Hodgson is definitely the best manager I have ever worked with, 100 per cent.
"The way he has organised a team like us and got us to a final and an occasion like this is remarkable."
Hodgson had been linked with a move to Anfield in recent weeks when Liverpool boss Rafa Benitez was touted for the coach's post at Juventus.
Davies says he hopes Hodgson stays at Fulham and continues his influential reign for the foreseeable future.
He said: "We are very proud to work with the manager and I would not be surprised if he had offers on the table and I am sure he is going to get that.
"It has been a great journey this year and we would love to continue it and for him to stay with us."