Reports suggest Howard will join Colorado in May

, 27 February, 46comments  |  Jump to most recent
Tim Howard will make his proposed move to Major League Soccer with Colorado Rapids at the end of the season according to reports in the United States.

Citing multiple sources, ESPN are reporting that negotiations with the 36-year-old are nearly complete and that he will leave Everton in May for a fee of around 500,000.

The Blues' desire to be compensated for the final two years of Howard's contract is cited as one reason for the delay in getting a deal first mooted at the end of January over the line.

The USA international's personal demands are not believed to have been a factor according to ESPN's information he will earn around $2m a year with the Rapids, considerably less than the figure quoted in tabloid stories last week.  

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Steve Guy
1 Posted 27/02/2016 at 17:23:45
The day just got even better!
Kieran Kinsella
2 Posted 27/02/2016 at 18:16:48
I live near Colorado so this is a kick in the teeth for me.
Peter Mills
3 Posted 27/02/2016 at 18:17:35
With all respect to Tim Howard, if the club has managed to negotiate a transfer fee whilst freeing itself of 2 years of his salary, someone needs to be congratulated.
Mark Gardiner
4 Posted 27/02/2016 at 18:42:00
Can't believe that someone is dumb enough to pay a transfer fee for him. Never mind, it's a great deal for us. A fee and getting his wages off the books.
Jeff Armstrong
5 Posted 27/02/2016 at 18:45:40
All hail Farhad Moshiri!
Paul Kossoff
6 Posted 27/02/2016 at 18:46:46
Does this mean a new first-choice keeper in pre season? Is Robles first choice to season's end?

I’m sure if Howard had been replaced two years ago, we could have achieved more.

Jamie Crowley
7 Posted 27/02/2016 at 18:48:56
27 February 2016 – a really good day.
Paul Ellam
8 Posted 27/02/2016 at 18:57:05
The right deal for all parties.
I wish him well, no grudges from me.
Andrew Laird
9 Posted 27/02/2016 at 19:52:33
Yeeeeeeeeeeeeeehaaaaaaaaaaaa! Thank you for the service Tim, Goodbye and all the best.
Paul Newton
10 Posted 27/02/2016 at 19:55:23
He was good for several years. I for one wish him well. It wasn't his fault that the manager kept picking him. What was he supposed to do, refuse to play?
Ian Brandes
11 Posted 27/02/2016 at 19:57:37
Wish him well. For the most part, he has been a more than adequate keeper. It is only this season he really turned into a master of disaster, and our crap defence did not help either.
Jeff Armstrong
12 Posted 27/02/2016 at 20:05:01
Please, let’s just wish him all the best; he was a good keeper for us for 8 years. There was nobody at the club to say "That’s it, you're over the hill, your time has come, thanks Tim and Goodbye!"

Martinez has once again proven his incompetence. Tim was our number one keeper 4 weeks ago, when every 11-year-old upwards in the crowd knew he was finished 2 years ago, except our joke of a manager.

Martinez, once again, you have been found out; the new owner is watching and you have no time left.

Michael Polley
13 Posted 27/02/2016 at 20:15:24
He was okay under Moyes, but has been a liability these last two seasons.

Good luck to him.

Gavin Johnson
14 Posted 27/02/2016 at 20:15:50
A good time to leave. The good work that Howard did for the most part of his Everton career was being tarnished every further game he played.

My worry was that he was going to kill this deal with excessive wage demands and become even more resented. Now he can have a testimonial and leave with his head held high.

Colin Leckey
15 Posted 27/02/2016 at 20:16:25
Come on guys, time for a bit of good grace! Yes, he’s been poor lately and stayed in the first team longer than he should have done, but he’s been a good servant over the years and we should wish him well.
James Stewart
16 Posted 27/02/2016 at 22:26:45
Good; he should have been moved on ages ago.
Ciaran Duff
17 Posted 27/02/2016 at 22:58:57
I am with Colin/Ian and others on this. Good deal for both parties and I wish him all the best. We love our scapegoats here at Everton but I hope that fans can look at the bigger picture and wish him well. Hopefully he will be an ambassador for Everton in the US like Landon Donovan, Brian McBride and Joe-Max Moore.
Brin Williams
18 Posted 27/02/2016 at 23:03:56
I wish him....well, no malice anyway - but he’s been well paid for a mediocre job over the past two years.

If we can squeeze £500,000 out of some poor sod it’ll go towards the ’Other operating Costs’...

Stuart Gray
19 Posted 27/02/2016 at 23:17:24
So disappointed with some comments I have heard and read about Tim this season. He’s made mistakes, no doubt, but he’s not been as bad as people make out.

He’s been a good keeper for us and always given his best. I hope he gets the send-off he deserves and people back down from their constant singling out of him, when in truth our overall defensive play has been to blame this season.

Nev and Martyn aside, we’ve had shite keepers in the Premier League and he’s been a cut above.

Jason Heng
20 Posted 27/02/2016 at 23:23:36
Interesting that he was finally dropped after the American takeover interest waned. Or will he be back?
Phil Sammon
21 Posted 28/02/2016 at 00:55:40
'His ego's writing cheques his body can't cash.'
Jimmy Sørheim
22 Posted 28/02/2016 at 01:10:55
Tim Howard has been the worst I have ever seen him this season, I feel no need to defend him.

Also his arrogant comments will stay on in my mind as one of the worst comments by any Everton player these last 10 years.

Tony Steele
23 Posted 28/02/2016 at 09:46:09
I hope this is true. I'm not going to hate on the man, though, he was exactly what we needed when he signed. However, he should have been removed two years ago by a more ballsy Martinez and the more he wasn't, the more he fostered negativity amongst fans.
Tony Steele
24 Posted 28/02/2016 at 09:50:29
I can understand the malicious comments too. It's frustration and anger at Martinez dragging his heels for two years.
Tony Steele
25 Posted 28/02/2016 at 09:51:31
Ha ha, sucks to be you Kieran!
Barry Pearce
26 Posted 28/02/2016 at 10:18:20
Agree with some comments above, Howard should have been replaced two seasons ago. Not his fault Martinez couldn't see this, incomopetant manager.
Darren Bailey
29 Posted 28/02/2016 at 11:25:57
Farewell Tim,maybe a season too late really. Him staying so long probably stopped us getting a Butland a couple of seasons ago so that's disappointing.
I can see this summer being an exciting one in terms of offloading players. Howard, Hibbert, Gibson, Osman, Pienaar, MCGeady & hopefully Kone will all be moved on. I know that's a lot to let go but between them they've hardly played this season anyway so a balance of new signings (please Mr Moshiri) & a few youngsters coming in (Dowell, Williams, Davies, Ledson, Walsh) we'll be looking good.
Brent Stephens
30 Posted 28/02/2016 at 11:30:39
Good luck, Tim, if the reports are true.
Andy Crooks
31 Posted 28/02/2016 at 11:52:15
Good luck to Tim Howard.

I don’t agree with the term "loyal servant" being used too often and this is nothing against Tim Howard who has been a good professional. In my view, a "loyal servant" would be someone who turned down better offers because of a loyalty to our club. There aren’t too many about.

Chris Owens
32 Posted 28/02/2016 at 12:24:28
Good luck to Tim. It’s just a shame that when he had a dip in form, the manager didn’t drop him, and it was left to the fans to force the issue. He’s out of the team now, so there is absolutely no need to continue to slag him off.

He has always tried to do his best, and if that was not good enough, then it’s the fault of management that we didn’t have a top-class goalkeeper, and not the fault of Tim Howard. This continued abuse is unnecessary, and not the way true Evertonians should behave.

Michael Penley
33 Posted 28/02/2016 at 13:52:20
I'm willing to applaud his service but beyond that... long and thanks for all the fish! (starfish)

Rob Dolby
34 Posted 28/02/2016 at 14:06:59
Michael Williams
35 Posted 28/02/2016 at 14:32:05
I wonder how many here are as good at their jobs as they demand of the players. I'd like to see a television feed of some of the folks here at their jobs so everyone can comment on how they need to be replaced. Some of you know in your heart you are not near as good good at your job as Tim was at his. You know who you are.

I only write this because the guy is leaving the club, just like you want. How hard is it to wish a ten-year player well as he goes out the door without ripping him?

Jim Potter
36 Posted 28/02/2016 at 14:39:54
If true, then thanks and good luck Tim.

Whenever you come back in the future, I’m sure the vast majority will be very welcoming – and deservedly so.

Sean Kelly
37 Posted 28/02/2016 at 14:57:08
Wish we had sold him to the Chinese and got another zero on the fee.
Andy Crooks
38 Posted 28/02/2016 at 16:52:33
Michael (#30), for the money they are paid I expect them to be better at their job. Anyway, your comparison made me smile. By the way, I reckon that few can sharpen pencils as well as me and I’m quite sure that Tim cannot say the same about his goalkeeping.
Mark Frere
39 Posted 28/02/2016 at 17:03:49
He has always been a very average goalkeeper. People keep harping on about him being on the decline for the last couple of years. The truth is, he's never commanded his six yard box, always stayed rooted to his goal line and has always had a mistake in him.

The difference is, Howard hasn't had strong defensive unit in front of him these last two seasons, which wasn't the case in the Moyes years. I mean 36 years old isn't even old for a goalie. Many keepers are at their peak in their mid-thirties.

Jim Bennings
40 Posted 28/02/2016 at 18:22:15
Neville Southall
Nigel Martyn

Tim Howard
Richard Wright
Paul Gerrard
Steve Simonsen
Thomas Myhre

Two top class goalkeeper’s in big Nev and Martyn (although we never got long enough with Martyn sadly).

Howard, at his best competent but belongs in the second bracket of goalies, possibly the best of that bunch.

Never a top class keeper though.

Roger Sunde
41 Posted 28/02/2016 at 18:30:51
Martinez also gave Howard a new contract when he should be done this summer. His evaluation of Tim has been awful.
Peter Cummings
42 Posted 28/02/2016 at 22:38:50
I have always slated him for his failure to dominate his area in spite of his height and weight, but can only wish him well on his departure.

It’s ironic that, while Mignolet made another of his blunders today, followed by a series of fantastic stops, yet he is still being blamed for ’losing us the cup’ by practically all of their so-called loyal supporters, including the odious Carragher who conveniently forgot they were outplayed for most of the game before their comeuppance by another highly criticised ’keeper' such is the lot of the ’poor bloody shot-stopper’ in today's cesspit called football.

Anthony Dwyer
43 Posted 29/02/2016 at 00:25:56
Some comments on here are a little harsh towards Tim, although his recent attitude has earned him some of the comments.

Tim has been a solid keeper for us, often being in and around a top 5 in EPL keepers.

Tim should be forgiven for some stupid comments recently made, take it that most goalkeepers are at least a little bit nutty. He should be remembered as a success when he goes and be given the correct send off.

The main issue with fans and Tim is his last 18 months of service were he has been below par and in the bottom 5 for EPL goalkeepers.

The man who fans should blame for this is Martinez, as he is the man who kept playing Tim, dispite the fact he has been when under par.

I'd say now is the perfect time to move back home, good luck to you Tim.

Vijay Nair
44 Posted 29/02/2016 at 00:47:32
Hmm... I actually thought Myhre was decent till his ankle injury. He never got his groove back after.

Anyhoo, thanks for your service Tim. It’s time for you to go!

Peter Barry
45 Posted 29/02/2016 at 00:58:42
There is only one person responsible for all the negativity about the Starfish, well two really, Martinez for not seeing what was blindingly obvious to most of us and continuing to play him and even giving him an extended contract and Startled himself with his displays of petulant arrogance towards the supporters.

So Bye Bye, American Pie – you sometimes saved but you could never fly.

Jim Hardin
46 Posted 29/02/2016 at 03:30:52
It is official per the Colorado club website. Specifically the headline is:

Colorado have reached agreement with Howard

However, this would be MLB (not MLS), the Rockies (not the Rapids), and Sam Howard, a left-handed rookie pitcher (not Tim Howard).

Sorry couldn’t resist, but it is a true headline.

Erik Dols
47 Posted 29/02/2016 at 11:18:59
I was googling his wages just to get a hint of how much money this frees up. Came along a site that put him a mere 8k a week, which in todays Premier League, for a player in the starting XI, is totally nothing.

Then again, this site also mentions:

"Chang-Beer is the current kit manufacturer of Everton."

Does anyone have an idea of his wages? 20k a week or something?

Geoff Williams
48 Posted 29/02/2016 at 12:24:44
I have been very critical of his performances over the past two seasons but, unlike many on this site, I have refrained from personal abuse. His performances have been below par but it is the manager who has selected him – to the amazement of most.

I believe Howard always gave 100%; sadly this wasn’t good enough. I for one wish him well and thank him for his loyal service to the club.

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