The USA international will say goodbye to Merseyside in July when he starts a new chapter with MLS side Colorado Rapids, a decision he feels is the right one even if it will be a wrench to leave.
Howard has made over 400 appearances for Everton since joining the club from Manchester United in 2006 but, having lost his starting berth in the first team earlier this year, the timing feels right for the 36-year-old to move on.
“Undoubtedly, yes, [it was a hard decision]," Howard told the Liverpool Echo. “You pulled at my heart strings because Everton is my club, it will always be my club because it's where I've always felt at home but life goes on, football moves on, it's a business, you have to deal with it in that way.
“It doesn't mean it can't be done respectfully, because it has. Everyone from the chairman, the manager, the players and everyone involved has been brilliant and so there are certain ways to go about handling your business and I feel this has been done in the right way.
“But, of course, it has been difficult. They're going to have to pull me off that pitch because it is my home.”
Much has been made of an apparent deterioration in the American's relationship with some sections of the Goodison Park crowd, with him when, on a couple of occasions following criticism of his hesitation to claim aerial balls, they cheered sarcastically when he came to catch a cross and he clapped them back in equally sarcastic fashion.
Howard played down those suggestions, however, saying too much attention was paid to those incidents by the media.
“I think it's been blown out of proportion,” Howard explained. “I've not spoken publicly about it but the press has decided to run with it.
“Ten years ago, I started a love affair with this club and it's supporters. Literally, from day one, they have made me feel like a Blue, they made me feel at home.
“When we lose, they get pissed off, and so do I and when we win we share in that joy. We are one in the same.
“I would imagine from their end there are no issues and from mine there is neither, that is crazy talk, it has been nothing short of brilliant."
Full interview at the Liverpool Echo
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1 Posted 26/04/2016 at 20:30:02
I wish him all the best for the future. Be nice to bring him on for a few minutes of our last game at home.
Think the guy deserves this.
2 Posted 26/04/2016 at 20:34:41
3 Posted 26/04/2016 at 20:35:15
Good luck Tim you deserve it and thanks for the 10 years. You leave an Evertonian.
4 Posted 26/04/2016 at 20:50:29
Thanks Tim and good luck in the future. I hope you get a run out one last time for us.
5 Posted 26/04/2016 at 21:14:41
Tim has been a great servant to Our Club though the latter years showed that there becomes a time to say enough is enough.
Let's just remember Tim by his better displays,someone else's fault in not dealing with decisions that should have been made regards to form.
Good Luck Tim.
Once EVERTON has touched you...
6 Posted 26/04/2016 at 21:17:54
9 Posted 26/04/2016 at 21:45:13
10 Posted 26/04/2016 at 21:57:28
Good luck to you at your new club...
11 Posted 26/04/2016 at 22:06:45
12 Posted 26/04/2016 at 22:26:19
I feel a bit sorry for him, Bobby's car crash tactics leave the defence and keeper so exposed when we turn the ball over, we don't bother closing down or blocking crosses and it doesn't look like we practice defending set pieces either. He's been out of the team for a while now and we're just as bad, it still looks like we're going to concede from every cross into the box, every set piece, every turnover etc...
Anyway, we move on, he moves on, hopefully Martinez moves on and we sign a top keeper in the summer. Cheers Tim
14 Posted 26/04/2016 at 22:39:42
Of course he should play in the final home game and I hope and expect that we will all give him a rousing send off.
Good luck for the future Tim and thanks!
15 Posted 26/04/2016 at 22:40:01
This completely alien way of playing I believe caused the whole defence to become nervy and confused, the crowd didn't like it, the players weren't suited to it, and the whole thing has deteriorated to the point where he is leaving in circumstances that could've been prevented had we not had a clown in charge.
16 Posted 26/04/2016 at 23:12:19
Good luck to him.
17 Posted 26/04/2016 at 23:53:30
18 Posted 27/04/2016 at 00:01:37
Good luck Tim.
19 Posted 27/04/2016 at 00:14:56
Good luck Tim, your a good blue and will carry the batton well for us blues in the USA
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