Daniel Farke says Wes Hoolahan's legendary status at Norwich City will grow even more as time passes.
The talismanic midfielder is set to leave Carrow Road this summer, a decade after joining the club from Blackpool.
With three promotions and more than 350 appearances to his name, Hoolahan already takes his place in the pantheon of greats as far as the Canaries are concerned, something Farke is well aware of.
"I feel really blessed and thankful to have been his coach," City's Head Coach told canaries.co.uk.
"I’ve appreciated each and every second of this year when I was allowed to work with Wes. He’s a club legend already, and we know he will be even more of a legend in the future.
"He’s been outstanding, so I will always keep him in my mind. I’ve made it clear before just how much I would have appreciated working with him when he was 26, because he’s an unbelievable player.
"It’s been a big pleasure to work with Wes, not only because of his ability but also because of his personality and character. I’ve really appreciated that time."
No stranger to long-term ties to a club himself as a Lippstadt stalwart, the Canaries chief fully understands the emotion Hoolahan's departure will bring for all involved.
"In this business, it's not always normal to have such a special relationship," he explained.
"It's outstanding when someone is there with such commitment and identification with a club. I really think you are at your best when you have that.
"Wes is like that. He always plays with all his heart and all his soul. He's been very special for Norwich City and for that we can't praise him enough.
"For the Leeds game, there are no gifts and no presents. As Wes is still so strong though, there is a good chance he will be involved."