Liverpool great Fowler appointed Brisbane Roar coach

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LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - MARCH 31: Ex Liverpool striker Robbie Fowler working as a tv pundit prior to the start of the Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Tottenham Hotspur at Anfield on March 31, 2019 in Liverpool, United Kingdom. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

BRISBANE, Australia, April 23, 2019 (BSS/AFP) – Liverpool great Robbie
Fowler dismissed concerns he lacked experience after he was appointed new
coach of Australian A-League strugglers Brisbane Roar on Tuesday.

The 44-year-old former England striker penned a two-year deal in his first
significant job since hanging up his boots.

“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,” he said in
a statement.

“I’m really keen to get started and make a difference.”

Fowler was briefly player-coach of Thai club Muangthong United, and has
worked extensively at Liverpool’s academy, but other than that has no other
senior coaching experience.

According to Fox Sports, he was selected from a field of around 100
candidates for a position left vacant when ex-Socceroos striker John Aloisi
quit in late December.

“I know people will mention the experience but as far I’m concerned, you
get experience on the job,” Fowler told the Brisbane Courier-Mail.

“If anyone was to come into a new manager’s job — whether you’re
experienced or not — it doesn’t dictate whether or not you’re going to do a
good job.

“As far as I’m concerned, I’m a good, reliable, safe option and I’m going
to do everything needed to do it the right way.”

Brisbane chief executive David Pourre said he was happy they had the right
man.

“Brisbane Roar Football Club is confident that we have appointed an
outstanding person and someone who is hungry to succeed,” he said.

“I know our members, supporters, sponsors and fans will be excited for
season 2019/20.”

Brisbane are on track to complete their worst ever season, having won just
four of 26 matches so far. Since Aloisi walked away, Darren Davies had been
interim coach and is expected to stay under as Fowler’s assistant.

Dubbed “God” by adoring Liverpool fans, Fowler scored 163 goals in 379
Premier League appearances, mostly for the Merseyside club.

He knows the A-League well after spells with North Queensland Fury and
Perth Glory at the end of his playing career.