United States goalkeeper Tim Howard was ousted from the Everton starting spot in February after injuries and bad form handed the role to Joel Robles. Now that the club legend has announced his signing with the Colorado Rapids, effective in July, he's getting two more matches in front of his beloved fans.
Toffees manager Roberto Martinez announced on Friday that Howard will be given the start in the club's final two home matches at Goodison Park of the season while Joel Robles will handle the final two away matches.
"In our last two home games of the season we will be able to honor and acknowledge the outstanding contribution and unforgettable role that Tim Howard has made to our football club in the last 10 seasons," said Everton manager Roberto Martinez.
"Tim will be joining Colorado Rapids at the end of the season but his legacy will live on for many years in the work that he's done not just on the pitch but in helping young players to understand just what it means and what it takes to be an Everton player. We wish him well and he'll be a true blue ambassador wherever he is."
-Roberto Martinez; Source: SBI
It's a classy move by Everton and Martinez and a logical move. Things haven't gone well Howard this season, but he's been a valuable and loyal member of the club for the past decade. Giving him one final send off on the field in front of the fans in something all parties involved deserve.