"He's got better and built and the league position's got better every year so I just hope we can go one more step next year.
"He's a great manager, there's no doubt about it. He hasn't spent so much money in the five years he's here and we're always challenging him, playing some great football and he knows a good player when he sees one.
"We're just gutted we couldn't get over the line.
"Joe's [contract is] up and in the summer and he's got to look after himself, there's no doubt about that, and we hope he stays.
"But the players that have got a year left, we've got to hope that we get another chance to put things right."
Centre-back Mark Hudson echoed McPhail, adding: "I hope we can keep as many bodies as possible together, have a good summer, a good break, and look forward to next season.
"It's vital that Dave Jones stays, he's the one who has driven us here and hopefully we can do it again next season."
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