Howard insists Everton can cope without Moyes

Tim Howard believes Everton do not have to fear life after David Moyes once the current manager decamps to replace Sir Alex Ferguson at Manchester United, the Daily Mirror has reported.

The final game of Moyes’ 11-year tenure at Everton takes place against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on Sunday, with the identity of the Scot’s successor not yet known. And Howard believes that while whoever is tasked with replacing Moyes will need to be given time to get to grips with his new surroundings, the team Moyes is leaving behind is well-placed to continue pushing for success.

He said: “Listen, it’s a two-way street. Everyone is saying Manchester United have to have faith in him, give him time to work his magic. Well, it’s the same with the new guy who comes here.

We are a really strong group of quality players and the foundations are set. The table is set for the next guy and I have no doubt if he’s a strong character, a guy who can lead us well, we will have no problems.

Moyes leaves Everton with the club confirmed in sixth place, the seventh year in succession that the Toffees have ended the campaign in the top eight, and Howard feels the Everton board need to find a character similar to Moyes for the new boss – and believes Bill Kenwright and company will do exactly that.

Manchester United and Everton are in the same boat with having to replace the manager in terms of expectation and all the rest,” he said.

It’s just very rare to replace one long-serving manager with another long-serving one, so we will need to fill the vacancy with a very strong character. And I have no doubt that will happen.

Moyes signed off at Goodison Park with a 2-0 win over West Ham on Sunday, Kevin Mirallas scoring both goals, in a match Howard believes saw one of the team’s best performances of the season. Following the final whistle, Moyes – and Phil Neville, who is also leaving the club – was afforded a guard of honour by the players and given a rapturous reception by the fans.

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