Robbie Fowler - I am looking forward to the big challenge at East Bengal

Robbie Fowler Brisbane Roar

Liverpool legend Robbie Fowler is aware of the legacy of East Bengal and considers managing a team in a completely new environment like India to be a challenge.

The seventh highest goal scorer in Premier League history was recently appointed as the head coach of East Bengal ahead of the 2020-21 Indian Super League (ISL) season. The English manager joined the Red and Golds on a two-year deal.

Fowler, who guided A-League club Brisbane Roar to the elimination finals last season, has come to India in search of a new challenge.

“It is a new league and for me, I have to challenge myself. It is a new team coming into a new league and when I say a new team, it is a team which is 100 years old but coming into a new league," he told Sky Sports. 

Robbie Fowler East Bengal (not header)Goal

"I am looking forward to it, it is a big challenge. We are a little bit late in getting our team together but I am confident of what I can do and the people around me."

The former Liverpool striker also suggested that he has researched about East Bengal and is also aware of their rivalry with Mohun Bagan.

“When you are linked to a club you do your due diligence and you make sure everything is right. You make sure you look at the history of the team. A team that has been amalgamated with one of the ISL clubs is ATK Mohun Bagan. My team is steeped in derby tradition.

“Obviously when we play each other, there is going to be millions of people all over India paying attention to the game. There will not be any crowd this year but in the years to come, this sort of rivalry will be amazing, you are talking about 100,000 people watching us.”