David Pleat paid tribute to the departing Christian Ziege and stated that he hopes the elegant leftie is drafted into Germany's Euro 2004 plans.
It was announced on Wednesday that Christian, along with Darren Anderton and Gus Poyet are to be freed by the club at the end of the season and, after his starring show against Blackburn, David suspects the German international might just catch the eye of coach Rudi Voller.
"He suffered some serious injuries and was not able to escape them here," he reflected on the 32-year-old's departure. "Christian came as a wing-back at first before having the awful time with injuries.
"I am delighted to say he appears to be finishing on a fantastic note and played an exceptional game against Blackburn. I sincerely hope he gets into the German side and good luck to him."
David went on to praise the contribution of livewire midfielder Gus Poyet, the 37-year-old who is parting company with English football and possibly extending his career in Qatar.
"He has had a super career. He found it a little bit more difficult towards the end here because of the physical demands of the Premiership.
"Gus is a good trainer, a good professional and we really wish him well.
"He is a real personality and one of the players not frightened to speak and say his piece."
Defender Danny Foster along with Goalkeepers Shwan Jalal and Lars Hirschfeld are also being released to allow them to find first team football elsewhere.
"In terms of free transfers we've allowed young Danny Foster to go. He gained a good reputation, but got bypassed by other players and it happens.
"Shwan Jalal had a terrible injury at the start of the season and he needs first team football somewhere. We have Robert Burch who is very promising and we hope to get a goalkeeper in the summer, which will bring competition.
"Lars Hirschfeld has done fine but, again, he needs that competitive football."