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Howard looking forward to Singapore trip

20/06/2015  Comments (26)  jump

Will Howard follow his ex-wife and children back to the USA?

Tim Howard says that the upcoming Asia Trophy in the Far East will be good for Everton's pre-season preparations both in terms of fitness and the opposition they could potentially face.

While speculation over his future has resurfaced, with a report in The Independent suggesting that Roberto Martinez is eyeing Burnley goalkeeper Tom Heaton as the American ponders a possible return home, Howard is looking ahead to pre-season as normal and a first visit to Singapore.

I've not been to Singapore before, he said on I have been out that way once or twice. I am looking forward to it and it should be a good trip.

It will be so good for our preparations because it's a great tournament with strong teams. The climate will be quite hot and sticky, which will be hard going but will pay dividends down the road and help us get our fitness up.

We know we have fans in Singapore and that's a good reason to get ourselves up and go there and show that we appreciate their support.

Everton will face Stoke on 15th July and then either a Singapore Select XI or Arsenal on the 18th.  

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Colin Glassar
1 Posted 20/06/2015 at 16:37:55
I hope you shave that silly beard before the season starts, Tim.
Lyndon Lloyd
2 Posted 20/06/2015 at 16:40:26
Guy Hastings
3 Posted 20/06/2015 at 19:53:24
Yes, Lyndon, the beard may have gone but the brown shoes... the brown shoes!!!
Jimmy Byrne
4 Posted 21/06/2015 at 00:18:24
I cannot wait til the transfer window opens then shuts. The windows are the worst time to be a blue. We fret that the money clubs will pinch the good players and we only seem to be linked with has-beens or never-will-bes. At least during the season we only have to stress over how we played and how Bobby Brown Shoes has described a woeful performance as 'phenomenal'.

We are pretty poor in the way we recruit, often taking loanees who have half a good season and then locking them in to long contracts, like Barry. He has not reached the heights of that first loan and seems content that he has a good contract that will see him through till he takes his pension in the MLS or in the Middle East.

Howard needs replacing as do Osman, Pienaar and Hibbert. McGeady was a mistake, as was Kone and Mirallas I think has made his mind up his future is elsewhere. I am comfortable keeping Hibbert and Osman on in the academy or some other role but they are no longer EPL standard.

We are no longer complete paupers so we should be at least trying to recruit the next level up. We need at least five quality replacements and to bring on the young guns who deserve a crack. Young players are ready earlier these days and won't wait around for a chance, as in earlier times (eg, Garbutt)

Roll on the new season and get aboard the blue roller-coaster!!!

Kev Thomas
5 Posted 21/06/2015 at 05:08:35
This is part of my problem with footballers and the Premier League in particular at the moment:

Preseason in a nutshell for the modern player: "IÂ’ve not been to Singapore before," says T-How. Poor guy! He earns enough though that if he wanted to, he could have gone any time he liked.

I can understand players from the 80s, who didnÂ’t earn millions from the game, treating preseason as a piss-up and a chance to get some extra passport stamps but these modern guys? I feel they are laughing at fans most of the time.

No pressure, no problems, free holidays and massive wages for being Â’eliteÂ’ athletes.

Do one Tim, had enough now thanks.

Phil Sammon
6 Posted 21/06/2015 at 05:31:24
Kev 5

I donÂ’t like Howard as a goalkeeper or even as a person. I find him painfully arrogant and IÂ’m happy to criticise virtually everything he comes out with. However, even I canÂ’t fathom how you can have a go at the guy for stating that heÂ’s never been to Singapore before.

Kev Thomas
7 Posted 21/06/2015 at 05:33:48
Oh, before anyone says, "Would you prefer it if he said he wasnÂ’t looking forward to the trip to Singapore?"

No, I would prefer him to shut the flip up about Singapore and spend the time practising at / improving at goalkeeping as what do his remarks really add to anything? The square root of fuck all in all honesty.

Practice catching a ball, commanding your box, communicating with defenders...

Kev Thomas
8 Posted 21/06/2015 at 05:43:22
Hi Phil S.

Sorry I may be on a bit of a rant and I understand not everyoneÂ’s going to see it my way but he just gets my goat and I donÂ’t want to hear anything at all from him to be honest.

Phil Sammon
9 Posted 21/06/2015 at 05:49:07
The perfect response would have been:

"IÂ’m very much looking forward to the trip to Singapore. We have a lot of work to do to make up for a horrible season just gone and I personally need to be much better. The manager has shown incredible belief in me despite a campaign littered with errors and the emergence of an understudy who, frankly, looked ten times the player I am.

"I also want to apologise to the fans for treating them with disdain. We were staring relegation in the face at one point and I arrogantly dismissed the notion as though the fans were stupid to ever fear it. That was wrong of me and IÂ’d like to set that straight. A personal apology should go out to Phil Sammon who seemed to take particular offence to that remark. HeÂ’s a great guy and I wouldnÂ’t wish to cause him distress.

"IÂ’d also like to apologise for my ridiculous facial hair that served only to further the all-out buffoonery going on inside the Everton penalty area all season."

Cheers, Tim, thatÂ’s great to hear. Good luck this coming season.

Kev Thomas
10 Posted 21/06/2015 at 06:10:23
That would have certainly made TimÂ’s statement more palatable Phil! (YouÂ’re not doing his PR are you?)
Graham Mockford
11 Posted 21/06/2015 at 07:36:10
Club website runs another dull off season nothing about nothing story.

Club employee contractually obliged to utter not a lot about anything answers banal questions.

Cue outrage!

Kev Thomas
12 Posted 21/06/2015 at 08:19:25
Cue outage?

Yes, itÂ’s obviously a nothing story but thatÂ’s kind of my point. IsnÂ’t the guy contractually obliged to be a Premier League goalkeeper?
IÂ’d rather he concentrated on that rather than making cash for Sodexo or Kitbag as we see flip all from any publicity in revenue terms.
Like I say, IÂ’d rather he said nothing. People say heÂ’s a big draw in the US but what do we get out of it really? Nothing; just Robert Earl and other carpet baggers.

IÂ’d much prefer it if he just practised goalkeeping, leave the PR to the club captain, the manager and the biggest blue, BK.

Graham Mockford
13 Posted 21/06/2015 at 08:32:12

The quote comes from the club website which is presumably an income stream for the club.

HereÂ’s how it works.

Failed journo who is now responsible for website content sits in the pub thinking, "What the fuck can I write about this week? I know – that Singapore trip will fill a few inches." He writes the article, there is probably some sort of rota thing for players to be quoted. He emails it to said player who says, "Yes, that’s great, leave me alone, I’m on my holidays."

By all means get upset when he fails on the pitch but really... "IÂ’ve never been to SingaporeÂ’?!

Matt Traynor
14 Posted 21/06/2015 at 08:46:51
ItÂ’s a bloody good job Lukaku didnÂ’t say anything about it!

Or would that have been his agent..?

Kev Thomas
15 Posted 21/06/2015 at 08:41:44
Fair enough Graham, but at the same time I just can’t see the point. I understand what you are saying and it makes sense but I still think that this is part of the problem with the 24/7/365 football business. My main point – shut the flip up T-How and get fliping better – still stands I believe?

He was terrible last season and I can’t see him improving.

Colin Glassar
16 Posted 21/06/2015 at 08:56:53
Thanks for the link, Lyndon. Tim looks a lot better without the beehive.
Kev Thomas
17 Posted 21/06/2015 at 08:52:14
Hey Matt (14), send me the link.

If Lukaku or his agent has said anything at all then IÂ’m prepared to be outraged.

Max Murphy
18 Posted 21/06/2015 at 10:57:39
Beard gone - but unfortunately not Howard.
Joe Foster
19 Posted 21/06/2015 at 11:17:00
Maybe he is leaving in stages....
Liu Weixian
21 Posted 21/06/2015 at 14:18:51
It is durian season over here. It might improve Tim Howard’s goalkeeping if we lob durians at him to catch – or to dodge!
Brent Stephens
22 Posted 21/06/2015 at 14:36:38
Liu - nothing as tasty or as smelly!
Mike Allison
23 Posted 21/06/2015 at 14:55:44
Phil IÂ’m not sure IÂ’ve ever laughed as much at a comment on ToffeeWeb. Well played sir.
Terry McLavey
24 Posted 21/06/2015 at 15:01:59
Joe (#19), I really laughed out loud at your comment! Perhaps he could just leave the beard and the rest fuck off!

There used to be a comment at work when I worked at Rushworth & Dreaper in the 60s: "Just because youÂ’ve got hairs around you face, you donÂ’t have to act like a cunt!"

Although judging by research on the internet (which IÂ’m am forced to do under sufferance.... ho hum!), that comment isnÂ’t relevant anymore!

Kev (#5) – But a least he goes to Singapore for free!

Tony Cheek
25 Posted 22/06/2015 at 08:56:23
I am also looking forward to Tim Howard going to Singapore. However, what I am NOT looking forward to, is him coming back!
Mike Hargreaves
26 Posted 22/06/2015 at 12:38:21
Maybe he is looking forward to "Orchard Towers" – 4 floors of whores. But hey what a great place.....
Shane Corcoran
27 Posted 22/06/2015 at 13:21:56
When are the squad due back for pre-season?

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