Karl Robinson felt Andy King got the send-off he deserved at his funeral on Thursday.
“Being from Liverpool, I know how warm the people are but you’ve got to earn that respect and Kingy did that during his time with Everton. They will have him in their hearts for eternity," he told mkdons.com.
“Fans lined the streets while there was a packed church to remember a man who had a positive impact on everyone.
“Everton Football Club should be very proud of the way they conducted themselves and the tributes they paid were magnificent. Bill Kenwright’s words were very touching – he said he saw Kingy as a friend and as a son, as well as obviously a fantastic servant to Everton.
“Mick Harford did a tremendous job with the eulogy - he spoke from the heart, as we all knew he would. It was very moving.”
The 34-year-old added: “The day really hit home to all of us at MK Dons just how much of a legend he was, which was shown by the amount of people and the big names that turned out for him, some that he didn’t even play alongside like Phil Thompson.
“I was talking to his daughter Jaime and I don’t think she even realised how much he was loved in Liverpool. You can’t put into words just how much he was and his infectious personality certainly came through yesterday - despite the difficult circumstances, people were laughing as they remembered funny stories involving Kingy, just the way he would have wanted it.
“While I wish I never had to go to Kingy’s funeral, it was a perfect service and day for a great man, husband and father, as well as a friend to so many.
“Kingy might be gone but he will never be forgotten.”