Liverpool legend Robbie Fowler unveiled as new manager of Australian club Brisbane Roar
Liverpool legend Robbie Fowler has taken his first step into full-time management with his appointment as the new boss of Australian club Brisbane Roar.
The former striker – known as ‘God’ to the Anfield faithful – has agreed to a two-year contract and will take charge of the A-League side from the start of the 2019 season.
The 44-year-old has previously played Down Under for North Queensland Fury and Perth Glory between 2009 and 2011, and said he was happy to be returning to Oz.
“I’m really looking forward to the challenge and am determined to bring success to a club that has such a proud history in the Hyundai A-League,” Fowler said in a statement on the club’s website.
“My family and I have already experienced living in Queensland, so I’m really happy to be returning and being part of the Brisbane Roar family.”
Fowler has been out of the game since 2012, when he retired as a player and left his role as player-manager of Thai club Muangthong United.
Over the past seven years, Fowler has been coaching at Liverpool’s academy programme.
Speaking of his first full-time managerial role, Fowler told a press conference he believed he was the “right man” for the job.
“I have worked really hard getting all my badges, so to just quash all the inexperience rumours, I’m experienced in terms of getting all my coaching hours in and this is where I want to be,” he said.
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“I’ve been in football a long time. Obviously, this is my first big, big role and one I’m really looking forward to. I’m really excited.
“I was a player who was passionate, committed, I had that drive and I want to bring that type of player to Brisbane Roar.
“It’s a tough job, it’s a tough ask, but I believe I’m the right man to do that, bringing in the right player.
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“Brisbane have had some fantastic years in terms of what they’ve won. The way they played football was really, really good, very easy on the eye, so of course I want to do that and I think a club the size of Brisbane deserve to be back at the top levels of Australian football – and we will be there.”
Brisbane’s final game of the season will take place at home on Thursday against Adelaide United, with Fowler confirming he will be in attendance.
Fowler is a Liverpool icon, making more than 300 appearances for his boyhood club and averaging better than a goal every other game.
He left Anfield for Leeds United in 2001 and went on to play for Manchester City, Cardiff and Blackburn, as well as making a return to Anfield in 2006.
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