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:
Abar 5 years too effing late— Falcon Blues TV (@FalconBluesTV) 9 October 2019
Give him back his number 24 and throw him between the sticks.— Sean Cartwright (@SeanCartwright6) 9 October 2019
Lads I’m putting the band back together! Tim’s in, who else? pic.twitter.com/kxLb3lo2ro— Trav (@Trav_1878) 9 October 2019
Jobs for the boys again, except he’s not really liked by many I— Joe Hill (@joseph_hill39) 9 October 2019
Please give him a decent manager to endorse to the North American fans as the one we do have is an embarrassment.— Triangle Man vs Person Man (@nil23sadonions) 9 October 2019
I remember HOW POPULAR he was was at the end of his playing days… NOT— AgentBillser (@AgentBillser) 9 October 2019
Ask him if he can manage— Karl (@westsidestory91) 9 October 2019
Wonderful news, Everton!— Jordan Pickford’s Rave Planner (@IamBradMinoski) 9 October 2019
Another hanger on. The, wage bill must be astronical.— BIG D (@dino785) 9 October 2019
About time— Andy (@Andy_efc_84) 9 October 2019
Howard also won 121 caps for the USA and played in two World Cups, as well as lifting two Gold Cups for his country.