Former England and Liverpool striker Robbie Fowler is returning to Australian football's A-League as coach of the Brisbane Roar.
Fowler, 44, had two stints in the league as a player, for now-defunct North Queensland in 2010 and Perth in 2011.
He was briefly player-coach of the Thai club Muangthong United but his new appointment, announced on Tuesday, 23 April, by Brisbane, is his first major step toward a coaching career.
"“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 A-League. I’m really keen to get started and make a difference.”" - Robbie Fowler‘Chosen From Among 100 Candidates’
Fowler was reportedly chosen from among 100 candidates for the head-coach position vacated by former Australia striker John Aloisi, who resigned in late December.
His first task will be to rebuild Brisbane which is currently ninth with one round remaining in the 10-team A-League, with only four wins from 26 games. They were beaten 6-1 by seventh-placed Newcastle in their most-recent match.
Veteran captain Matt McKay has announced his is retiring at the end of the regular season while Brazil-born midfielder Henrique is also not returning next year.
French midfielder Eric Bautheac is off-contract and expected to join the Melbourne Victory next season.
Interim coach Darren Davies will guide Brisbane in its final match of the season against Adelaide and will remain as an assistant to Fowler who will take over immediately afterwards.
Fowler played 369 matches for Liverpool, scoring 183 goals in two stints between 1993 and 2007. He also played for Leeds United, Cardiff City and Blackburn Rovers before his first stint in the A-League.
He played for England 26 times, scoring seven goals and was a member of its 2002 World Cup squad.
(Published in an arrangement with Associated Press)
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