Twitter went into overdrive on Tuesday. And that was just the West Bromwich Albion players passing on their best regards to Roy Hodgson.
For Steven Reid this week’s developments were particularly hard to take.
The right-back went from being a back-bencher within Roberto Di Matteo’s first-team to a front-line member of Hodgson’s side.
He was particularly disappointed to see the Baggies boss depart.
“I’m gutted,” said Reid who, only on Monday, signed a new two-year deal with the club.
“There’s no two ways about it, Roy will leave a massive gap.
“I’m going to miss him and, selfishly, I’m gutted that he’s gone.
“I’m 31 now and I’ve improved so much since he’s been at the club – defensively and tactically – and my knowledge of the game.
“He’s up there with the best I’ve worked with.
“I’m biased because he played me almost every time I was fit so I’m a big fan.
“As a club we developed, as a team we developed and as players too.
“I know I became a better player with him in charge. I’m very sad to see him go.”
Hodgson’s spell at Albion restored his reputation, which had been damaged (somewhat unfairly) by his time at Liverpool.