Robbie Fowler’s first season as a coach starts this weekend when Australia’s ailing and expanded A-League kicks off, with the Liverpool great keen to stamp his mark on a Brisbane Roar side that struggled last year.
While Fowler was briefly player-coach of Thai club Muangthong United, and has worked extensively at Liverpool’s academy, he has no other senior coaching experience.
But he knows the A-League well after spells with North Queensland Fury and Perth Glory at the end of his playing career and described himself as a “good, reliable, safe option” when he was appointed.
Nicknamed “God” by the Anfield faithful, Fowler has already tasted success, helping the Roar win the pre-season Surf City Cup, ahead of Glory and the Newcastle Jets.
Their attacking flair in that event bodes well for the new season and a tough opening game away against last year’s runner-up Perth.
“We can still iron out a few things, but for the most part I thought we were good – it’s a good little victory,” Fowler said of the Cup win.