Howard spent nine seasons with the Toffees and is loved by a majority of the Goodison Park fanbase.

A number of Everton fans have taken to Twitter to comment on the Toffees’ announcement regarding Tim Howard linking up with the Goodison Park club again, in an ambassadorial role.

The United States legend will make his first appearance in his new role on his Toffees return in Austin, Texas later this month, with fans being invited to attend an exclusive event with him on Saturday 26 October.

Howard, who officially retired from professional football on Sunday, playing his last game for Colorado Rapids in the MLS, will also represent Everton at NBC’s Premier League Mornings Live earlier on the same day for the screening of the Blues’ league encounter with Brighton & Hove Albion.

The 40-year-old joined Everton from Manchester United in July 2007 and, over his nine seasons at Goodison Park, he made 413 club appearances, keeping 134 clean sheets and even scoring one goal, according to Transfermarkt.

Howard is not unanimously adored by the Toffees fanbase, however – as per this ESPN blog from 2016, when the player left Goodison Park, his relationship with some of the supporters was soured in the latter stages of his stint, one example given of when he sarcastically applauded the fans ironically cheering a routine save.

Here is a cross section of Everton fan comments on social media to Howard becoming the club’s first International Ambassador in the United States:

Howard also won 121 caps for the USA and played in two World Cups, as well as lifting two Gold Cups for his country.

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