Colorado Rapids confirm Howard move

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Tim Howard's 10-year career at Everton will come to a close this summer when he returns to the United States to play for Colorado Rapids.

The MLS club have confirmed the long-mooted move for the 37-year-old who will officially sign for them on a three-year deal in July for a nominal fee of around 1m.

Tim is exceptional, both as a player and a person, said Paul Bravo, Colorado's Technical Director and VP of Soccer Operations.

He proved it at the last World Cup for the U.S National Team and he has been proving it for the last decade in the English Premier League.

He has experience at the very pinnacle of the sport but we feel he has much still to offer on the pitch. We believe this is a pivotal signing for the Colorado Rapids.

Howard signed a four-year contract with Everton after the 2014 World Cup in Brazil where he played a starring role for his country, committing himself to the Blues until his 39th birthday.

He admitted at the time that in doing so he had closed the door on playing in Major League Soccer but chequered form in the interim has changed the former Manchester United 'keeper's circumstances.

With hopes that he will be the first-choice stopper for the United States at the 2018 World Cup in Russia, Howard is taking what he believes will be a step that will guarantee him first-team football closer to the eyes of his international manager Jurgen Klinsmann.

Howard has professed his undying love for the club that originally signed him on loan in 2006 before acquiring him permanently from Old Trafford the following year and for which he has played over 400 games.

I will remain an Evertonian for life," he said. "This will always be my team, my club. I sacrificed so much to play the amount of games I have over a 10-year period, so I will continue to support this club that I love.

The club is amazing, I love it and I will always be an Everton player.

I have been at Everton 10 years and its been a brilliant 10 years. I spoke to my family, I spoke to Roberto and I spoke to the Chairman, Bill Kenwright. We had really great discussions and we all felt this was the right move and the right time."  

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Paul Conway
1 Posted 20/03/2016 at 15:46:47
Goodbye, good luck and thank you for 10 years at our club.
Colin Glassar
2 Posted 20/03/2016 at 15:51:45
Good luck, Tim, you've been a great servant but probably stayed a season or two too long. I hope you don't have a rocky time out there.
David Pearl
3 Posted 20/03/2016 at 15:52:11
Well, good luck to Tim Howard he's had 10 years with us and deserves to go out with our best wishes. We'll see now if Robles, who is still young at 25, can up his game.

Of course we are also now in the market for a new keeper. I hope we have now stopped shopping at Aldi. I'd go for Butland but I'm sure he'll be overpriced. Although I also don't want us to sign any 'nice' players, we need to sign some players with bottle. A midfield general that can pick out a pass will do me.

Colin Glassar
4 Posted 20/03/2016 at 15:55:21
Butland has just signed a new 5-year contract, David. He was my first choice so I'd like Forster or the German keeper a lot of people are talking about.
Colin Metcalfe
5 Posted 20/03/2016 at 15:57:42
He was way off his best in the last few seasons and Martinez should of hooked him a lot sooner as it cost us a lot of goals.

A good servant no doubt to our club and I wish him well in the MLS.

Mike Green
6 Posted 20/03/2016 at 15:57:55
Good luck to him, he's got his weaknesses but generally we've not really had to worry about the No 1 berth until recently.

So, a new keeper could be the first Moshiri signing... wonder if we'll see a statement of intent for such a crucial position?

Rob Halligan
7 Posted 20/03/2016 at 15:59:37
Contracts mean nothing, Colin. According to most on this site anyway. Lukaku has three years left on his at the end of this season but everyone is saying he's gone in the summer.
Stephen Brown
8 Posted 20/03/2016 at 16:00:26
All the best to a good servant! Like what he said too!
Dave Weston
10 Posted 20/03/2016 at 16:00:53
Thanks for the ten years service and good luck for the future. By the way could you please see if they have a position somewhere for Roberto? I think he will be needing something very shortly.
Matthew Douglas
11 Posted 20/03/2016 at 16:02:08
Fantastic servant to the Club in my mind and definitely someone who should be remembered fondly. I always felt his reflexes and reactions were up there with the best but he seemed to struggle with shots from distance, decision making, and claiming crosses.

I felt like he had broken through a glass ceiling a few years back when he started commanding the box more and coming out to claim crosses/corners to ease the pressure on the defence. Sadly that seemed to be just a one-season occurrence as his inability to do this became his biggest weakness the last two seasons... along with lapses in concentration.

I definitely don't underestimate what an influence he's been behind the scenes with the younger players and will always respect the way he's represented Everton. Also really happy with him being an "ambassador" for Everton in the USA as you wouldn't believe the way the game is growing over here.

Always well spoken and articulate so I think we'll continue to see him in a media-type role speaking fondly of his time at Everton. Good luck, Tim, and thanks for all your service!

Paul Tran
12 Posted 20/03/2016 at 16:02:37
Good luck to him. Not his fault that he was picked longer than he should have been. Let's hope this means whoever in charge will buy a decent keeper in the summer!
Mark Rimmer
13 Posted 20/03/2016 at 16:02:59
Some people may say it's good news and good riddance, but I really hope he's given a decent send off. The last couple of years he's had his dodgy moments, but I always got the impression he was honoured to bear the Everton crest.

I'll remember his as a brilliant shot stopper on his day and a consummate professional. It's the right time... and I'm not sure if the hangover has anything to do with it.... but I actually feel a bit sad he's leaving us.

Gerry Quinn
14 Posted 20/03/2016 at 16:05:11
Thanks for everything, Tim.

Sad that you will be leaving with a few wanting it, but you have been our #1 goalie for a long time and most Evertonians will wish you the very best of luck as you head back home.

Also good to hear that you will be an Evertonian at heart now – you don't realise how bad that will be for your nerves :)

Rob Halligan
15 Posted 20/03/2016 at 16:09:24
Was a great shot stopper, and also saved a good few penalties. The one at villa springs to mind from benteke. Great save that. Also spurs (I think) at home, when we pulled back a 2-0 deficit. The saves against manure in the semi-final were also worthy of being top of the pile.
Patrick Murphy
16 Posted 20/03/2016 at 16:14:19
Football being the crazy game that it can be, could throw up a situation that allows Tim to be the hero in his last ever appearance for the Blues should he have to play at Wembley in the FA Cup Final, that probably won't happen.

Keep up your fitness levels Tim as you just never know and those two former long-serving Everton goalkeepers Ted Sagar and Neville Southall, not to mention Gordon West all tasted Wembley glory in their time at Goodison.

Good luck at the Rapids.

Graham Mockford
17 Posted 20/03/2016 at 16:15:29
And if I'm honest, I've seen nothing yet from Robles to suggest he is good enough.

Quality replacement required.

Rob Halligan
19 Posted 20/03/2016 at 16:18:50
Joe Hart, anyone?

If Pep decides to take Neuer with him to Man City, then Hart maybe available.

Tony Hill
20 Posted 20/03/2016 at 16:23:33
A good keeper except for the last 18 months and a proper Evertonian. The very best of luck to him.
Julian Wait
21 Posted 20/03/2016 at 16:25:46
Thanks Tim. You raised our profile over here in the USA, I think helped bring Landon in for a useful stint to two, and you wore the (green, yellow and camo - wtf?) shirts and blue badge with pride. You had some memorable performances and a great World Cup as an Everton player.

We wish you well and I for one will be rooting for you. Heck, maybe I will even come watch you in the mile-high city ... it would be one high-light of high-ly entertaining weekend :-)

Brin Williams
22 Posted 20/03/2016 at 16:33:22
He was good in the dressing room ...apparently!

He was quite good in goal most of his time...

Wish him well in Colorado, I'm sure we will Rapidly get over his passing.

Brent Stephens
23 Posted 20/03/2016 at 16:33:28
Wish him well.
Tom Bowers
24 Posted 20/03/2016 at 16:35:48
Tim has done a great job at Everton but is past his best as a number of others are at the club. Good luck to him going back to the MLS.

On the matter of Robles, it would appear that some fans find it easy to blame him for some poor results – much like they did Howard –which is ridiculous. I think the lad deserves more support but obviously the position needs strengthening now.

Kevin Johnson
25 Posted 20/03/2016 at 16:39:55
Good luck, Tim, thanks for your service. I won't forget Wembley 2009.

ps... Any room for Roberto?
Sam Hoare
26 Posted 20/03/2016 at 16:44:54
Best of luck, Tim, you've been a good servant to the club and a reliable keeper for the most part.
Phil Roberts
27 Posted 20/03/2016 at 16:50:51

So having signed a new contract at a team with a wealthy owner who will finish just outside the top 8, you leave for a club with a clown of a manager who were below you.

Think there needs to be one more signing first.

Colin Glassar
28 Posted 20/03/2016 at 16:52:16
Hopefully he will play the last game at Goodison so he gets a decent send off.

Rob, contracts are meaningless nowadays but I don't think Butland will leave for now

Paul Ellam
29 Posted 20/03/2016 at 16:57:36
He has proved to be a great servant to this club over 10 years. That amount of time at one club should not be taken for granted, especially in the modern game where loyalty is hard to find – like rocking-horse shit!

I wish him the best and am sure he will be a success in the US of A. Hopefully the board and manager are already looking to obtain his replacement and a quality replacement at that (look to Germany!)

Chris Leyland
30 Posted 20/03/2016 at 17:02:52
Good luck to the bloke and I wish him every success in his future but can we please stop this 'great servant' nonsense?

I don't regard someone paid ٢m per year as a 'servant'

The great 'servants' to our club are the lads (and girls) who pay their money at the gate week after week to watch the dross currently being served up to them. Money that comes from wages which, on average Tim Howard earns in a couple of days what these people earn in a year.

Christopher Dover
31 Posted 20/03/2016 at 17:06:59
Listen in on radio when the news of Everton departure, for a split second thought Martinez was on way out, joy, then back to reality. :(
Andy Osborne
32 Posted 20/03/2016 at 17:10:48
Arrived at the right time. Played well, and is leaving at the right time. I wish him well and thank him for the moments. RM, take note. Thanks for the moments, time to move on.
Dick Brady
34 Posted 20/03/2016 at 17:23:32
Tim Howard was a decent keeper for Everton. He was much better than some of the rubbish that came before him (Wright, Gerrard, Simonsen, Mhyre) and I would place him just behind Neville Southall and Nigel Martyn in terms of quality.

Sadly his best days are behind him and he probably stayed a season or two longer than he should have. Might have hurt his legacy but he should be remembered for his better years.

With Howard leaving and Robles not being all that good, does this open the door for younger keepers like Jindrich Stanek, Russell Griffiths or Mateusz Hewelt?

Personally I think young goalkeepers have zero chance of actually playing for Everton. Roberto will bring in a new expensive keeper and the youngsters will eventually be dropped to lower league teams.

Dean Adams
36 Posted 20/03/2016 at 17:31:06
Thanks, Tim Howard, for some great saves over the years. Enjoy your time back home in the USA.
Barry Pearce
37 Posted 20/03/2016 at 17:35:36
Good luck Tim.

Not your fault you were picked to play longer than you should have been.

Peter McCann
38 Posted 20/03/2016 at 17:35:51
Thanks, Tim. A fine goalkeeper and speaks highly of Everton. I wish him and his family all the very best as he heads back to America but, as he says, his heart will always be at Everton.

Good luck and keep the blue flag flying in USA.
Jim Bennings
39 Posted 20/03/2016 at 17:36:10
A good servant.

Never quite made it as a top class keeper but certainly gave his all and was at his best with the likes of Lescott, Jagielka, Distin around him between 2006-2012.

Agree he has been kept on a year or two past his sell by date, should have been replaced by Butland a few year's back when the now Stoke keeper was available.

Shame he never got that 2009 FA Cup winner's medal, the weird thing is even if we somehow were to win it this year, Howard wouldn't have played any part.

Start of a new era at Goodison really, out with the old, Howard probably joined by Pienaar, Osman, Hibbert and a few other's will be leaving.

A new dawn hopefully.

Pete Cross
40 Posted 20/03/2016 at 17:37:42
We could have a end-of-season friendly to say our goodbyes. The team could be Howard, Hibbert, Gibson, Osman, Pienaar, Kone, Mirallas, McGeady. Managed by RM and the rest of his backroom staff including the fitness coaches.

Have I left anybody out?

Max Murphy
41 Posted 20/03/2016 at 17:40:08
Because he was at the club for 10 years doesn't make him a good servant. If I had a sevant that kept dropping the breakfast tray, I'd sack him. Stayed 10 years too long.
Jim Bennings
42 Posted 20/03/2016 at 17:41:17
To be honest, Pete, you could arguably say the only player that I think is impossible to replace at Everton in the current squad is Lukaku.

The reason being is finding goals, 20 goals a season to be precise.

That won't be easy to replace no matter how much we have to spend, it's not going to be very attractive finishing in the bottom half.

The rest of them I think are all replaceable.

Colin Glassar
43 Posted 20/03/2016 at 17:41:50
BK as mascot, Pete.
Gerry Quinn
44 Posted 20/03/2016 at 17:42:30
The tea lady, Pete – she has over-baked her buns for the last year!
Paul Goodchild
45 Posted 20/03/2016 at 17:51:19
Max (#41),

I don't agree with that at all. He was very integral to our solid defensive unit for the latter half of Moyes's reign. As said in an earlier post we did not have to worry about the goalkeeping position for quite a few years until very recently.

Like the back 4 he has become more exposed in the last 2 years due to Martinez's tactics. Granted he has suffered a loss in form also but we shouldn't dismiss the years in which he was a very good keeper and servant to us.

Brin Williams
46 Posted 20/03/2016 at 17:51:31
I heard Tim was starting a new MSL group 'The Colorado Beatles'!!
John Daley
47 Posted 20/03/2016 at 17:57:58
"We did not have to worry about the goalkeeping position for quite a few years until very recently."

Speak for yourself.

I certainly don't subscribe to the view that it's only recently that the goalkeeping situation and Tim Howard's status as a guaranteed starter deserved to come under scrutiny.

Dave Abrahams
48 Posted 20/03/2016 at 17:58:43
Are we getting a transfer fee for him, he's still got two years on his contract?
Ged Simpson
49 Posted 20/03/2016 at 17:59:48
Max... that is just bloody small-minded. God help us if you ever have staff never mind servants. As fans, we are losing our dignity and just becoming little snipes.
Michael Kenrick
50 Posted 20/03/2016 at 18:02:16
Hmmm.... does he get a testimonial? I think he has the required(?) 10 years of service.

Question (for Patrick Murphy): Is he the only Everton goalkeeper to score a goal (from open play)?

John Daley
51 Posted 20/03/2016 at 18:03:04
It says a fee of £1m, Dave.
Ged Simpson
52 Posted 20/03/2016 at 18:03:20
But thankfully the main view of the thread is thank you. Hope it doesn't deteriorate!

Ian Burns
53 Posted 20/03/2016 at 18:07:14
Wishing you all the best Tim – nice comments.

Thanks for 10 years service.

Dave Abrahams
54 Posted 20/03/2016 at 18:11:02
John (#51) thanks for that. I was joking really, didn't expect Everton to ask for anything, and we are saving a few million on his wages; to be honest, Howard could have stood his ground and stayed.
Patrick Murphy
55 Posted 20/03/2016 at 18:11:31
Michael (#50),

As far as I'm aware, Tim is the only Everton keeper to score from open play for the club, but I stand to be corrected. In the following link perhaps Roberto could search for the new 'Rogerio Ceni' who kept goal for Sao Paulo and scored an incredible 131 goals via free-kicks and penalties.

Scoring Keepers

Ged Simpson
56 Posted 20/03/2016 at 18:14:04
Testimonials. Another way of the fans giving to charity and at the same time making an overpaid footballer look saintly.

I think a testimonial should just be a good game and the player concerned gives every fan who turns up a fiver. Say 25,000 show up. Cost? Maybe a month's wages. What a sacrifice after being paid mega dosh for 10 years!

Then the fan could decide whether to give their fiver to charity or not according to need. Then player is saying thank you to club and fans... as it bloody should be.

Peter Morris
57 Posted 20/03/2016 at 18:22:09
Tim has, on the whole, been a solid and reliable servant for the team in his time with us, with perhaps age and his weaknesses catching up with him over the last couple of years.

So, from me, it's "Thanks Tim for your service and enjoy one last hurrah in the USA where you are a superstar. Remember your time with the world's greatest club fondly, and make sure you bring your kids up Blues and only speak well of us."

Jimmy Salt
58 Posted 20/03/2016 at 18:33:12
Good luck Tim, thanks for your part in turning our club around.

I think we need a quality replacement now, Joel isn't ready and may never be.

John Francis
59 Posted 20/03/2016 at 18:37:44
Max @41 that made me laugh brill. A friend asked me 6 years ago what would be the first thing I would do to improve Everton. I said sell Howard, I've never been a fan, always thought he was too dodgy.

Having said that, I wish him all the very best back home. If only he could take the village idiot with him.

Mark Frere
60 Posted 20/03/2016 at 18:44:37
He was never a good goalie, that's the reason Man Utd got rid. Most of his Everton career he had a strong defence in front of him that covered up his many flaws.

The truth is, he's never commanded his six yard box and has always had a mistake in him. A good shot stopper at close range, but that doesn't make him a good all-round keeper.

People keep harping on about him being on the decline for the last two seasons. That's not the case. It's the defensive unit in front of him that's much weaker, under stewardship of our cretin manager.

Tim Howard is only 37 years old, which isn't that old for a goalie. Nigel Martyn was in his late thirties when he was here and was twice the keeper Howard ever was.

Anyway, good luck to Tim, I wish him all the best. I will always remember him as better than some of the dross before him eg, Myhre, Gerrard, Wright and Simonsen... but nevertheless still not very good.

Christine Foster
61 Posted 20/03/2016 at 18:56:32
Much maligned over the past couple of years his former and confidence suffered. He became the focal point of blame for a dreadful defence when in truth he was paying the penalty for those in front of him most of the time. Changing keepers has done nothing to improve our lot and that in itself speaks volumes.

Tim has been an excellent keeper for us and a passionate Everton ambassador. Yes his former suffered but I wish him well and thank him for his dedication and passion to all things blue. Once you have been chosen you are never the same. Thanks Tim, good luck to you.

Colin Metcalfe
63 Posted 20/03/2016 at 19:04:43
Pete (#40),

Cannot argue with that apart from Mirallas I would love him to stay – a match winner on his day! Can't help feeing he trying too hard to impress Martinez.

Hopefully Martinez will get his marching orders and he can start a fresh. I think the man management of some players by Martinez has been nothing short of disgraceful!

Mike Gaynes
64 Posted 20/03/2016 at 19:09:29
All the best to him. During the past five years he's been flying back to the US to visit his children in Memphis... often flying for a day (including transfers), spending a day with them, and then flying back with no sleep. That's a combination of strong family values and club loyalty that one doesn't see often in today's modern athlete.

May he enjoy Colorado... and stay healthy long enough to help the US qualify for the World Cup.

Phil Walling
65 Posted 20/03/2016 at 19:09:56
I'm still not sure that Robles is the better keeper but it's time for Everton to bring in new blood.

Big thanks due to Tim for the service he has given and apologies for all the blame he has had to take for our so-called 'world class' defenders who are still bad now he's surrendered the gloves.

Good luck, mate, you served us well !

Iakovos Iasonidis
66 Posted 20/03/2016 at 19:53:06
Good luck. It was about time though! The funny thing about Howard is that the main memory I have from him is when he was still at united and Big Dunc terrorized him in the air. The scene is available at YouTube at Ferguson's testimonial videos. Begovic would be nice.
Ron Marr
67 Posted 20/03/2016 at 19:54:29
Best wishes to Tim. Glad he'll always be an Evertonian. Hope he'll get to play some minutes in the last league game.
John Graham
68 Posted 20/03/2016 at 19:55:34
He has been a very good goalkeeper for us over the years. Shame some people tend to remember his mistakes rather than the many times he's saved us. Good luck and best wishes.

Let's hope we get someone in fast. A very important position, especially with the way the defence is playing at the moment.

Peter Cummings
69 Posted 20/03/2016 at 20:02:07
Always criticized him for his failure to dominate given his size and height in the box but won't forget the many times he won games for us with 'point blank' stops when it mattered as well as his blunders costing us points and goals, nobody being perfect.

Maybe strange but if we get to the Cup final I think we should include him for at least one half if not the whole game, just a thought, His comments about being ''a lifetime Evertonian'' do him the greatest credit and I'm sure most of us would put out the royal blue carpet to welcome him if he ever visits the Old Lady in the future, I may even go to see him play in Toronto when the Rapids come to town during the summer. Very Best Wishes mate.

Tony Abrahams
70 Posted 20/03/2016 at 20:09:14
If he's been doing that much traveling, then that explains a lot about his present situation, Mike.

Can't believe he would have had no sleep, unless your saying he's a minge, and he wouldn't buy first class tickets! But to be torn between living in a different country, than your young kids, well that must be extremely difficult, especially if you are no longer with their mother.

Maybe the life he's been living, has finally caught up on him, and really affected his game. Maybe this move will help him get some of his life back?

Never been one of my favorites, but I do wish him well, because he's obviously an inspiration to many people. I just feel it should have been done at the end of last season.

James Stewart
71 Posted 20/03/2016 at 20:12:19
Should have been replaced ages ago but that's not his fault. This is a good move for both parties as his relationship with the fans was souring to the point of it having a negative impact on the atmosphere at Goodison. I'm sure he will play again before the end of the season and god speed and good luck.

Ged Simpson
72 Posted 20/03/2016 at 20:21:51
Still boiling about testimonials (#56). Though may be that my better half has The Voice on TV. Some half whit is claiming to be a real rebel appearing on this. What happened to punks, mods, rockers, hippies etc. Even those who can see a sport ripping them off.

Worried after consideration about us being a wealthy club. When we win the league... will it be so satisfying? For 10 mins or until an event manager orchestrates what fans must do at St George's Hall steps.

And the players fuck off to Dubai and we tell that Koppite on Stanley Rd he was wrong.

Shit... the game looks poor to me tonight for some reason.

Alexander O'Brien
73 Posted 20/03/2016 at 20:28:35
All the best Tim! Enjoy life back in the states with your family. Now get back in goal infront of the worryingly suspect Robles!!!
Dave Ganley
74 Posted 20/03/2016 at 20:31:41
Good luck, Tim, and thanks for the service.
Anthony Dwyer
75 Posted 20/03/2016 at 20:32:48
A genuinely great servant to Everton football club, he has maybe stayed on a year or so too long, but in all fairness that's all down to the management.

Tim could quite easily gone home as a hero straight after the world cup, but remained at us as asked to by the manager.

In doing the above he put Everton before himself, and probably his family.

He has said a few mad things this season, I really hope it does not tarnish his services to the club.

I would be in favour of seeing Tim return for a testimonial.

Thanks Tim, well done, good luck.

Nick Entwistle
76 Posted 20/03/2016 at 20:36:34
Sneaky bid for Buffon?
Martin Nicholls
78 Posted 20/03/2016 at 20:42:50
Good luck to a a guy who's been decent for most of his time with us but "just behind Neville Southall" (Dick Brady @34)? Are you serious? As to keeper for next season, Timo Horn of FC Koln gets my vote.
Joe Foster
79 Posted 20/03/2016 at 21:16:55
Another great bit of man-management from RM. Howard's rep tarnished with his later performances when he should have been dropped.

He was never going to refuse playing when he was picked to play, but it was obvious to all except RM that his best days with us were behind him. For me, he was a good servant to the club and I will try to remember him with fondness.

Brin Williams
80 Posted 20/03/2016 at 21:19:48
'Good luck Tim, thanks for your part in turning our club around.
I think we need a quality replacement now, Joel isn't ready and may never be.'

Jimmy Salt 58 - Now, now, that's what I call rubbing Salt into the wounds!

Brin Williams
81 Posted 20/03/2016 at 21:24:52
Nick 76 'Sneaky bid for Buffon?'

We're only just getting rid of one buffoon mate why get another in?

Phil McKeown
82 Posted 20/03/2016 at 21:48:03
Thank fuck, he's been a liability for years.
Mike Price
83 Posted 20/03/2016 at 21:54:49
Lots of nice, sentimental posts here, it's one of the things we love about the club but also holds us back.

He was never a good keeper, barely average, but made the most of what he had, and out of Everton's propensity for giving stupid contracts. All this loyalty stuff is ridiculous, he was on around £70k a week and no one else ever wanted him!

Fair play to him and he's gone in the nick of time before things really went sour. Good luck to him but I'm ecstatic he's gone!

Jim Potter
84 Posted 20/03/2016 at 22:24:17
Thanks a lot, Tim. Good luck. A true blue.
Douglas McClenaghan
85 Posted 20/03/2016 at 22:27:27
Good luck, Tim. I don't think our illustrious manager helped your cause.
Brett Jonathan
86 Posted 20/03/2016 at 22:36:01
He was a reasonably good keeper for us in his prime, but that was quite some time ago. As for getting £1 million for him – happy to waive that to ensure nothing goes wrong. Perhaps we could pay Colorado $1 million to make sure.
Danny Broderick
87 Posted 20/03/2016 at 22:42:12
He has served us well. Until 2 years ago, he was always in the top 6 Prem keepers every season he was with us. Time has caught up with him though and, coupled with being more exposed in defence by our current manager's tactics, it's time for him to go.

I will remember the first 8 years rather than the last 2. Let's hope he gets a good send off in the last game at Goodison.

John Daley
88 Posted 20/03/2016 at 23:00:31
"Tim could quite easily gone home as a hero straight after the World Cup, but remained at us as asked to by the manager.

In doing the above he put Everton before himself, and probably his family."

Oh come on. You're going a bit overboard there Anthony.

I don't want to drag a good-natured thread that basically amounts to 'thanks for being semi-decent for the last decade' down into a discussion about whether his merits outweighed his mishaps, or whether he's an 'air miles minge' like someone mentioned above, but surely no one believes his staying at Everton was some selfless sacrifice?

"It was a choice I hoped I would never have to make. My personal well-being and the future happiness of my own flesh and blood vs the fate of Everton Football Club sans my flapping at set-pieces. The stakes were higher than Mel Gibson when he called that police woman 'sugar tits', because someone I loved with all my heart and soul was bound to suffer either way.

I stared over the cherubic faces of my beautiful kids and then switched my gaze to the baggy jowelled, fat, Jimmy Tarbuck faced old biddie in the front row of the Gwladys Street who used to shout "bloody dive you useless Deliverance bearded bastard"... before, during and after every single game.

Tears welled up in Tim Howard's eyes (my eyes) as turmoil threatened to tear apart his very soul. "YOU BIG TART HOWARD!!", heckled the gobby granny in blue. That really hammered home just how hard it would be to turn my back on the brilliant match going hordes.

My kids were American. Optimism and hope came natural to them. The Everton fans were scousers and to them optimism was just that big red twat out of Transformers. They needed me just that little bit more.

So anyway, I selflessly signed the multi-multi-million pound two year contract extension that guaranteed I could carry on playing top level soccer, relatively pressure free, until I was pushing 40 yrs old and well past my best.

Deep down I didn't really want to, you understand? There really wasn't anything in it for me. I simply put Everton first...and as I signed, I imagined Jor El's words from 'Superman The Movie' booming out...except they were being spoken by Barack and not Brando: "They can be a great people T-How. They wish to be. They only lack the light to show them the way. For this reason above all...their leniency toward goalkeepers, I have sent them you, my favourite son".

By the way, Howard signed his contract extension in April 2014, well before the World Cup and his 'heroics'. Err...I probably could've mentioned that first I suppose and missed out all the other shite.

Anthony Dwyer
89 Posted 20/03/2016 at 23:30:58
Haha fair play John Daley, you could easily put it your way too.

I do believe though that he is taking a similar wage to go home.

I do believe his family have their own family back in the states.

So my points have some validation too.

He may not have ever scaled the heights of being a top class keeper, but he has always been a top 5-7 goal keeper. He is almost ever-present in goal, he never once cried off the games due to excess travel as others have done in the past.

Once a player has stayed 10 years then surely that amounts to some common decency from his own fans.

My points were made to point to the fact that Martinez and the board put out contract offers, the players merely sign or refuse to sign.

In Tim's case, he always signed.

Martinez has ruined Howard's legacy (strong word, but can't think of anything more appropriate), he done a similar thing with Barry last season.

Barry bounced back, Howard hasn't.

If you look at Martinez other decisions on contract offers to aging players, Howard looks one of his better deals.

Hibbert, Osman, Gibson have all signed deals when they should have been moved on, at least Tim wanted game time and remained fit enough to play it.

John Pickles
90 Posted 20/03/2016 at 23:46:37
This is a good opportunity for you, Tim, claim it, come out and grab it with both hands.... There's a first time for everything!
Mike Gaynes
91 Posted 21/03/2016 at 00:34:01
Mike Price #83, "barely average"?

John Daley #88, "semi-decent"?

As you lot like to say, bollocks.

Until last season Howard was indisputably among the top third of keepers in the Prem every year, as Danny Broderick and others have pointed out.

I've always made it a point to ask the "Howard sucks" crowd who else in the Premier League they would trade him for. I always got names like Hart, Cech, Lloris, de Gea, Szczesny... all far more expensive keepers from Champions League teams.

But no matter how critical they were of him, nobody ever wanted to trade him for the truly "average" guys like Vorm, Krul, Foster... when the game was on the line and the shot was coming from inside the area, the guy you wanted on the line was Howard.

Anthony Dwyer
92 Posted 21/03/2016 at 01:21:28
I agree Mike, only have to go back to season 2013-14 an Howard kept 15 clean sheets in 36 league games. That record speaks for itself.

Howard was very reliable under Moyes, he filled Nigel Martyn's void extremely well.

Some fans have short memories.

David Pearl
93 Posted 21/03/2016 at 01:43:03

Has someone been at the Jack Daniels again toasting the 2nd best keeper in USA History... (after Stallone of course).

Its hard to please any Evertonian wanting perfection in goal Mike if they ever had the pleasure of watching Big Nev.

I'd have Forster actually or Bergovic if Butland isn't available. A keeper that owns his position. However how much we can spend these days we wont know until the summer. As for Robles, he is 25 and the signs aren't so bad. More confidence and experience and he might grow more into the role.

Ernie Baywood
94 Posted 21/03/2016 at 02:30:56
Don't agree with those saying he was never a good keeper. He was never a great keeper but stacked up well enough at Premier League level.

That he stayed longer than we needed him shouldn't be a criticism. If we take the supporter/emotion element out of it then being available until we no longer need you should be the definition of a reliable asset!

Players don't pick themselves. So I can only judge their intentions on actions and words. Tim was with us for 10 years and departs with some really nice sentiments expressed, even when he's been on the receiving end of some less than pleasant words from our fans.

That marks him out as a gentleman and an Evertonian for me. And if he's not playing for us anymore, then that's all I need. Good luck in the future Tim.

Eric Myles
95 Posted 21/03/2016 at 02:32:51
After 10 years he's due a testimonial isn't he? New team vs old team in the summer friendlies maybe??

Good luck Tim, will be well remembered by most.

Ciaran Duff
96 Posted 21/03/2016 at 02:36:53
Best of luck to him. Good keeper and good guy who always tried to represent the club well both on and off the park. Yes, he probably should have been eased out a season ago but I think it is fairly clear now that the source of Everton's defensive frailties this season is not down to the goalkeeper.
Dennis Ng
97 Posted 21/03/2016 at 02:42:41
Great servant for a long time. Good luck to his return to USA.

He has not performed well these past two seasons but, let's not kid ourselves, the whole team hasn't performed well past two seasons. Let's not use that as an excuse to hate him.

John Daley
98 Posted 21/03/2016 at 03:12:36
"Bollocks... when the game was on the line and the shot was coming from inside the area, the guy you wanted on the line was Howard."

You're right of course. A point I myself made regularly throughout Tim's Everton career by incredulously asking anyone within earshot why the fuck he was so often stood a mile behind it.

To me, 'semi-decent' seemed more a fair summing up of his lengthy spell at the club, rather than stinging criticism. I certainly don't consider him to have been complete shite but nor do I deem him to have been someone who spread calmness throughout his defence. He has easily made more costly errors than any other goalkeeper I've seen play for Everton but he's also kept us in games on numerous occasions.

I wish him nothing but good fortune for the rest of his career and I would thank him for always giving his best, but it would be beyond hypocritical for me to suddenly start bigging him up, or making out I'm sorry to see him go, after saying each summer for the past six years that the most important signing we could make would be a braver, more commanding goalkeeper.

Julian Wait
99 Posted 21/03/2016 at 04:08:32
For your amusement, or not:

(I assume he's over there for the International break?)

Mike Gaynes
100 Posted 21/03/2016 at 04:43:27
John #98, I don't remember much criticism of him from anybody during that season Anthony Dwyer mentioned. But maybe yours was a lone voice in the wilderness. You'd definitely be the first I've heard criticize his bravery, however, because he's never hesitated an instant about diving at attackers' feet... never saw him flinch or pull out going in face first. He didn't lack courage in the air, just capability... he wasn't very good at it. Unfortunately, his successor is worse... for all his height, Joel is pathetic on high crosses, so unless we change keepers over the summer you're going to have even more reason for complaint on that score.

David Pearl, remember I'm talking about a few years ago, when some folks considered Szczesny the next big thing. Can't say I ever rated him. And I think I'm sober enough to rate Howard #3 in US history after Friedel and Keller.

However, if we ever so much as glanced at Bungles Begovic, I would dive deep into the Daniel's and never come out. I wouldn't take that Bosnian blunder machine at gunpoint, then or now.

Mike Gaynes
101 Posted 21/03/2016 at 04:46:39
Julian, thanks, that's a good one.

Obama's always happy to bring an American job back from overseas.

Peter Barry
102 Posted 21/03/2016 at 04:56:20
If I have to read any more sycophancy for Tim from a deluded Yank on TW, I will vomit. He was a no better than 'average' goalkeeper and he stayed around at least two more years than he should have and became distinctly below average.

I put that down to Martinez as just another part of his mismanagement of Everton.

Rob Hooton
103 Posted 21/03/2016 at 07:25:45
The right man at the right time, thanks and cheerio.

Cheers John Daley (#88) cracked me up (yet again).

Denis Richardson
104 Posted 21/03/2016 at 07:31:10
Any player who's been at the club 10 years needs a good send off. Was badly out of form this year but blame it on the manager for picking him when he should have been benched.

Hope it works out in Colorado, all good things come to an end sometime.

Another position to put on the priority list for the summer, along with manager, captain, replacement for Lukaku (when he leaves), Osman, Hibbo, Pienaar, Gibson etc.

Going to be quite a summer (hopefully).

Tony Abrahams
105 Posted 21/03/2016 at 10:16:51
Loved that line about American optimism John, even if you didn't want to change a good-natured thread!!

A good-natured thread on ToffeeWeb? BOLLOCKS!!!

Jay Wood
106 Posted 21/03/2016 at 13:12:10
Nice to see so many gracious comments towards Tim.

His race is run as a top Premier League goalkeeper but, in my living memory as an Everton supporter, in the goalkeeping stakes, he only comes in behind Big Nev and Gordon West and vies with Nigel Martyn for 3rd-4th place behind those two greats.

Dominic Tonge
107 Posted 21/03/2016 at 14:21:15
I think it's always nice to see a player identify as being an Evertonian. Tim Howard has been a good keeper for us and has helped to raise the profile of the club.

As a slightly selfish note, I am also happy whenever a player has played for Manchester United or Liverpool but walks away from the dark allure of the Sky-manufactured 'El Plastico' pseudo derby game and gets involved in a proper rivalry. That stands for any club but more so us.

That being said, cheers Tim. Enjoy the new chapter.

Jamie Barlow
108 Posted 21/03/2016 at 19:43:54
"You'd definitely be the first I've heard criticize his bravery, however, because he's never hesitated an instant about diving at attackers' feet... never saw him flinch or pull out going in face first. He didn't lack courage in the air, just capability... he wasn't very good at it."

You've been watching a different Tim Howard than I have Mike. For me, he's never made it into a top goalkeeper for exactly those reasons.

Barry Jones
109 Posted 21/03/2016 at 19:52:12
Goodbye and thanks, Tim. A goalkeeper of mixed qualities. A useful shot-stopper but not quite as dominant as Adrian Heath in the air.
Pete Owen
110 Posted 21/03/2016 at 21:43:51
Scored more goals than Hibbert, respect Tim, Adios fella.
Mike Gaynes
111 Posted 22/03/2016 at 01:52:27
Jamie, can you cite ONE instance in which he failed to go in strong at a striker's feet or pulled out of a diving challenge? Just one?

He was never truly world class because he couldn't dominate in the air and his distribution sucked... not because he lacked cojones when it came to diving into the flying feet. I heard him criticized occasionally for OVERcommitting... never once for flinching or holding back.

If you can remember such an instance, please share.

Steve Barnes
112 Posted 22/03/2016 at 08:27:30
Really great shot stopper for a long time but would agree it definitely time to move on. Back to the US seems appropriate and I hope he gets his wish for 2018.

So, who comes in to replace him?

Michael Winstanley
113 Posted 22/03/2016 at 11:34:00
Mike, you seem to rate Howard, fair enough but, for me, he's been gash for about four or five years. I'm glad he's going.

Once or twice a season, he has a blinder, I'll give him that, but it's never been enough for me; I always viewed him as costing us a minimum of 10-12 points a season.

Jamie Barlow
114 Posted 22/03/2016 at 16:19:43
I could go back and find plenty of times when Tim came flying out feet-first, Mike, but I can't be arsed looking.

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