Tim Howard backs down in feud with Brad Friedel

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Everton goalkeeper Tim Howard has now accepted that Brad Friedel did not in any way try to block his move to Manchester United from the New York/New Jersey Metrostars.  

Howard made the allegations in his recent book The Keeper, where he claimed that the former Blackburn number one refused to sign a letter of support which he needed in order to get a work permit for the move to go through. 

As a result of the argument, the former United keeper has promised to contact publishers to ensure all future copies of the book are amended before sold. 

It was not that Friedel did not support the move or in any way not want it to happen, the 43-year-old claims he just did not agree with the 'inaccurate letter'. 

He dismisses any attempt to contact the Professional Footballer's Association in a bid to block the move, which is what Howard was believed to be told by United's legal team. 

Friedel's response

"(The letter) was sent to me, and the only thing that was true on it was my name. The letter was full of exaggerations that the people on the PFA and appeals committee would have seen through," Friedel said.

"It said that I had been in direct competition with Tim Howard for the starting job on the US national team for the last two years, when anyone who follows (US) soccer knew it was between Kasey (Keller) and I.

"Yes, I refused to sign that. We got the letter and said 'We have to change this, because this isn't true.' We made our changes and sent it back. They didn't like what I was going to sign, so they didn't use it. And that was the end of the matter."


From what the Everton stopper has said, it seems he was totally misguided by the legal team at Manchester United, who led him to believe that Friedel has made a ludicrous attempt to block his transfer, which did eventually go through anyway for a fee of £2.5m.

"The legal team at Manchester United ... told me that Brad hadn't merely refused to sign a statement on my behalf, he had actively tried to block my transfer," Howard wrote in his book.

"He'd written to the appeals committee suggesting that I shouldn't be given a work permit at all."

The current US keeper has now backed down and explained himself following Friedel's reactions to the claim. 

"At the time, I was surprised that Brad would not automatically sign my letter of recommendation and I took this as an opposition to my application," he said.

"Brad later explained that he had not in fact opposed my efforts to seek a work permit, either by writing to the Professional Footballers' Association or otherwise."


Howard has chosen to forget about the matter following the Spurs keeper's word, whilst Friedel is happy the situation has been resolved. 

"I have decided to take Brad at his word," Howard added.

"I have directed my publisher to amend future copies of my book by striking reference to Brad's opposition.

Friedel later tweeted saying: "Glad it's over. Happy to move on." 

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