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Published: 14:54 | 16/5/16

Howard excited for Everton future

Tim Howard insists the 'future is bright' for Everton despite a disappointing 2015-16 season.

Everton managed just 11 wins over the course of the campaign with only six of them coming at Goodison Park to ensure their lowest points tally at home since the introduction of three points for a win in 1981.

Despite reaching the semi-final of both the FA Cup and League Cup, Roberto Martinez was sacked following the 3-0 defeat to Sunderland with the club 12th in the Premier League.

Life after Martinez began with a victory as they defeated Norwich 3-0 in their final game of the season with teenagers Kieran Dowell, Tom Davies and Jonjoe Kenny all featuring for the Toffees.

Howard's move to Major League Soccer team Colorado Rapids means he will not be part of the new era at Goodison Park but the American goalkeeper believes the incoming manager is 'sitting on a goldmine'.

"The guy who comes in and manages this team is sitting on a goldmine," Howard said.

"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."

Howard joined Everton from Manchester United on loan in 2007 before signing permanently in 2007 and in his ten years at the club he played 414 times.

He received a standing ovation as he was given a guard of honour by his team-mates before addressing the crowd.

Reflecting on the moment, Howard stated: "My words would fail me because what I feel in my heart for all Evertonians is hard to describe. I'll miss their cheers, I'll miss their faces.

"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."

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