Liverpool legend Fowler takes charge at Brisbane Roar
A-League club, Brisbane Roar has appointed Liverpool icon Robbie Fowler as their new manager. The 44-year-old has signed a two year deal with the Australian club.
Although having limited manager experience, the retired forward seemed confident in his abilities. Speaking to the BBC, the outspoken Englishman was quite bullish about his prospects:
“Just because I’m not as experienced as some of them, doesn’t mean I’m going to do as bad a job,” he asserted.
“You could have Jurgen Klopp here, you could have Pep Guardiola, it doesn’t necessarily mean they are going to be great managing Brisbane.”
After a long playing career spread across various English clubs, the Liverpudlian has some knowledge of Australian football having spent a season each with North Queensland Fury and Perth Glory towards the end of his career. The player vowed to give his best shot at it and acknowledged the opportunity to make a mark on the managerial front:
“I had a good career in terms of playing football. Now this is really the start of my managerial career,” remarked Fowler
“There’s not going to be any stone left unturned. I’m going to do everything right. There are going to be plenty of hours on the training pitch to bring the club and the team up to speed.
“For me, it’s a massive, massive opportunity,”
“I’ve worked hard getting my job. I wanted people to take me seriously. That’s why I went down the route of doing all the badges.
“I’ve been wanting to do this for a long time. It hasn’t really materialised, for whatever reason. But I think I’ve shown people how passionate and how committed I am by coming over here, and by doing every badge that’s needed.”
Fowler takes over from Darren Davies, who had been in interim charge at the club since John Aloisi resigned in December. His only previous spell as manager was at Thai club Muangthong United in 2011-12.
The A-League club hasn’t enjoyed the best of seasons. Languishing at second from bottom, Brisbane will see out their campaign against Adelaide United.