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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