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New Everton manager sitting on a goldmine - Howard

Tim Howard believes Everton have a great future Credit: AP

Tim Howard believes there is a great future ahead for the Everton team he has left behind.

The American goalkeeper headed home on Monday after a decade at Goodison Park prior to joining Major League Soccer team Colorado Rapids.

Saturday's 3-0 win over Norwich was Howard's farewell game but also a glimpse of the future for Everton fans, with teenagers Kieran Dowell, Tom Davies and Jonjoe Kenny all playing the majority of the 90 minutes.

Everton are searching for a new manager to replace Roberto Martinez, who was sacked on Thursday after results failed to match the talent of the squad.

And, with the likes of Ross Barkley and John Stones now established for England as well as Everton, Howard believes the incoming boss is a lucky man.

Howard's 414th and final Everton appearance was certainly not one of his busiest, with Matt Jarvis' 65th-minute shot the only time he was really called upon to make a save. Howard was, however, pleased to keep a clean sheet on his last game.

I'll always remember that one, it was special. All good things come to an end. I know that. I think I was always dreading the day I had to leave this place because I keep saying it's my home.

The guy who comes in and manages this team is sitting on a goldmine. The future is bright. Those boys played well. I didn't have that kind of wherewithal or talent at their age so I was excited to see them play.

With the passion in this city for this club and the talent that's on display, the sky's the limit for this team.

– Tim Howard

Everton keeper Tim Howard to join Colorado Rapids in MLS

Everton goalkeeper Tim Howard will end his 10-year stay with the club to join Major League Soccer side Colorado Rapids at the end of the season.

United States international Howard, 37, whose 352 Premier League appearances is a club record for Everton, will join the Rapids on July 4 during the MLS secondary transfer window.

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US Defence Secretary calls to thank Tim Howard

US Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel has phoned goalkeeper Tim Howard to thank him for his heroics in last night's defeat against Belgium.

Chuck Hagel invited Tim Howard and his teammates to the Pentagon. Credit: Wiktor Dabkowski/DPA/Press Association Images

Everton's Howard broke the World Cup record for the number of saves in a match, repelling the Belgians a total of 16 times.

Tim Howard keeps out a shot from Belgium's Kevin Mirallas. Credit: P.Nuc/Gabriel Piko/Press Association Images

Mr Hagel invited Howard and his teammates to the Pentagon later this year and joked that with a bit more training the keeper "could someday become the real Secretary of Defense" .