Liverpool great Fowler appointed Brisbane Roar coach
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 .