Four months after John Aloisi resigned from the post, Brisbane Roar has finally announced his replacement as permanent Head Coach in the form of Liverpool legend Robbie Fowler.
The 44-year-old, who scored 120 goals across 236 appearances for the Reds and represented England 26 times, was officially unveiled as the boss of the Queensland outfit on Tuesday morning.
Signing a two-year deal it will be Fowler’s first ever stint as a permanent Head Coach; his only other experience coming in a brief stint as player-coach of Thai side Muangthong United in 2011-12.
A member of North Queensland Fury and Perth Glory in the twilight years of his career, Fowler has reportedly kept abreast of the Australian football scene since he departed West Australia in 2011 and has held a role at Liverpool’s academy since 2013.
Two members of his staff for the 2019-20 season have already been confirmed, with Darren Davis – who served as interim boss of the Roar in the wake of Aloisi’s departure – set to return and Fowler confirming that former Everton, Manchester City and Burnley midfielder Tony Grant would also join.
“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,” Fowler said upon his announcement.
“I’m really keen to get started and make a difference.
“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.”
The process of hiring Fowler was a long and arduous one; Roar hiring a number of outside firms to aid them in their search for a new boss after Aloisi’s December departure.
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With that process now complete, Roar CEO David Pourre was confident that the club had made the right decision in handing Fowler his first senior opportunity.
“I’d like to take this opportunity to congratulate and welcome Robbie to our proud and successful football club,” Pourre said.
“Brisbane Roar is confident that we have appointed an outstanding person and someone who is hungry to succeed.
“I know our members, supporters, sponsors and fans will be excited for Season 2019-20.”
Roar will conclude their season to forget this Thursday when they host finals bound Adelaide United at Suncorp Stadium.
Set to finish second-bottom of the A-League table regardless of the result, the fixture will also serve as a farewell to retiring Roar legend Matt McKay.
Fowler will be in attendance at the fixture.