New England manager Roy Hodgson paid tribute to West Bromwich Albion's fans after his reign ended with a 3-2 home defeat by Arsenal.
Hodgson has ensured West Brom will be enjoying a third successive season of Premier League football as he now prepares to embark on his new career in charge of the Three Lions.
Though he was unable to bow out on a winning note, he offered his gratitude for the backing he has received from the fans during his time at the helm.
"This is a fantastic football club with a great tradition and even in the rough times, I felt the fans were behind us," said Hodgson.
"You deserve another year in the Premier League and I would like to thank all the staff and players for their support during this past 15 months."
West Brom assistant boss Keith Downing backed goalkeeper Marton Fulop who replaced the injured Ben Foster and was to blame for all three Arsenal goals.
Downing said: "Ben had a slight issue with his groin and in Marton's defence he was called on late.
"He is devastated. He is a genuine guy. We had no reservations about playing him.
"He has been a great support to Ben. We are disappointed for Marton, he sets high standards and he knows one or two of the goals were down to him."