Gary O’Neil explained his lap of the pitch after Bournemouth’s victory over Everton on Saturday.
O’Neil’s future is up in the air, with the club expected to make a decision on whether to offer the interim head coach the role on a more permanent basis, or look elsewhere during the upcoming six-week break for the World Cup.
Cherries are not due in action again until the week commencing December 19.
Former Portsmouth midfielder O’Neil, previously a coach under ex-boss Scott Parker, has taken charge of 12 games as interim boss.
He has overseen four wins, four draws and four defeats from his time in charge, with Cherries now sitting 13th in the Premier League table, three points clear of the relegation zone.
O’Neil told the Daily Echo: “I wanted to show my appreciation.
“I’ve said it since day one – they’re massive to us here, they are. Because we will be underdogs in most of the games.
“And when an interim head coach is put in charge, it’s important that the fans stick with it.
“They’ve been through some tough moments with us. Obviously in the last few weeks some tough results, tough situations.
“They’ve just stuck with us the whole time.
“I just wanted to thank them really for being incredible for the boys and helping the boys get through some sticky moments and hopefully they enjoyed (Saturday).”