New Roar coach Robbie Fowler at Suncorp Stadium. Picture: Jono Searle
New Roar coach Robbie Fowler at Suncorp Stadium. Picture: Jono Searle

Reds legend Fowler joins struggling Roar

BRISBANE Roar have pinned their hopes on "God" being their saviour.

The struggling Roar will on Tuesday announce that Liverpool legend Robbie Fowler has been appointed as the club's new coach.

Dubbed as "God" by adoring Liverpool fans, 44-year-old Fowler arrived in Queensland on Monday ahead of Tuesday's press conference on the Gold Coast.

Darren Davies has been Brisbane's interim head coach since John Aloisi's departure in December, and will remain with the club next season as an assistant to Fowler.

The Roar are about to complete their worst season in A-League history, having won just four of 26 matches heading into the final game of their disastrous campaign on Thursday against finals-bound Adelaide United at Suncorp Stadium.

Adelaide coach Marco Kurz, who will leave the Reds at the end of the season, had been linked to the Roar job, along with former Vancouver Whitecaps mentor Carl Robinson and a host of other names, including ex-Central Coast Mariners coach Paul Okon.

But following a thorough and detailed search, the Roar have settled on former England international Fowler.

Fowler's only previous experience as a senior coach was a short stint as player-coach of Thai club Muangthong United in 2012.

John Aloisi left the club mid-season. Picture: Getty
John Aloisi left the club mid-season. Picture: Getty

However, he has knowledge of the A-League, having played for the now defunct North Queensland Fury in the 2009-10 season and Perth Glory the season after.

He is fully qualified, having a UEFA pro licence.

Fowler has made no secret of his desire to coach at senior level.

In December he revealed his interest in taking charge of English third-tier club Bristol Rovers, who instead preferred Graham Coughlan for the job.

"I've thrown in a few (CVs) over the years, still waiting for a call," Fowler said.

"Bristol Rovers has obviously come up - would I be interested? Of course I would. I went over to Thailand and loved being a manager. People in this country (England) think I'm inexperienced but I've done it before.

Robbie Fowler signed with the Glory in 2010. Picture: Daniel Wilkins
Robbie Fowler signed with the Glory in 2010. Picture: Daniel Wilkins

"I came home, did all my badges, I'm properly qualified, so I think it's just a case of watch this space."

Fowler will be introduced to Roar fans on Thursday at Suncorp Stadium, where retiring club captain Matt McKay and the departing Henrique will be farewelled.

Davies will be one of two Roar assistant coaches next season, with Fowler to choose the other.

News Corp Australia


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