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Will Robbie Fowler roar or whimper at Brisbane?

9:32 AM SGT 24/4/19
Robbie Fowler Brisbane Roar
The Liverpool legend's unveiling has been met with mixed opinions

Robbie Fowler has been the man entrusted to turn Brisbane Roar around after being named as the club's new coach on a two-year deal. 

The Roar have had a disastrous A-League season that saw previous coach John Aloisi depart in December with the club set to finish second last with one game still to play.

Interim manager Darren Davies has been overlooked in favour of Fowler - a Liverpool legend set for his first real taste of coaching. 

So what are the pros and cons of his appointment? 

  • Premier League's fastest centurions | Robbie Fowler

    Pro: A high profile to put Brisbane back on the map

    News of Robbie Fowler's appointment at the Roar inevitably made global headlines with his tenure in Brisbane set to be watched by many from afar.

    English football fans will be wondering if the former Liverpool player can coach with Roar set to benefit from a few more interested eyeballs.

    After such a tough season for the club, the splash of a big-name like Fowler touching down is a welcome distraction and one that fans are entitled to savour for the time being at least. 

    A number of Australians also happen to be Liverpool fans and that could see Brisbane lure in a few more fans themselves as they move forward with the Reds legend. 

  • Robbie Fowler Brisbane Roar

    Con: Lack of experience

    Aside from a brief spell as a player/manager of Thai side Muangthong United, this is Fowler's first taste of being a head coach.

    While he does have his Pro Licence and has worked in Liverpool's academy, Fowler's lack of experience is a worry.

    Though qualified on paper, the real test of any coach is on the pitch and it's one Fowler clearly feels he's ready to pass. 

    “I’ve worked hard getting all my badges, obviously I’m qualified as a pro license, so to quash all the inexperience rumours,” Fowler said at his unveiling.

    “I’m experienced in terms of getting the coaching hours in. I’ve worked really hard and this is where I want to be.

    "I know people will mention experience, but as far as I’m concerned you get experience on the job."

  • Robbie Fowler North Queensland Fury

    Pro: A-League awareness

    Having spent two years playing in the A-League with North Queensland Fury and Perth Glory, Fowler is no stranger to the competition and has apparently been keeping an eye on it. 

    “I had two good years here. My family enjoyed it and people said I was here for a jolly up but I worked really hard and I went home and never stopped watching the A-League," Fowler said.

    If he has indeed been watching, then Fowler will know just how much work awaits him in Brisbane and have some idea of how to turn the club around. 

  • Warren Moon

    Con: Local coaching talent ignored

    Queensland is the home of many coaches impressing but as is the case in football, a big name has overshadowed their arguably superior credentials. 

    From Queensland NPL winner Warren Moon to Guam's national team coach Karl Dodd, a number of local coaches have missed out on the chance to step up with Roar. 

    While a personal disappointment, Moon's NPL insights, for example, could have proved invaluable for a Roar side in desperate need of a reboot. 

    Mark Rudan has shown this season just how successful an NPL coach can be in the A-League when given the chance. 

  • Former Liverpool striker Robbie Fowler

    Pro: Connections

    After playing for Liverpool for so long, Fowler has inevitably rubbed shoulders with some pretty influential people along the way and could lean on those connections at Brisbane.

    Whether that's signing an ex-teammate or taking a promising youngster from the Reds academy on loan, Fowler's connections could prove fruitful for the Roar.

    With a whole pre-season ahead of him, Fowler has already made contact with players and clubs he hopes to call on. 

    "I know which players I want to bring in,” Fowler said.

    "I’ve spoken to a few players.

    "I know my plans and I know what I want to do. I will be having plenty of chats with clubs in the UK."

  • Robbie Fowler Brisbane Roar

    Con: Unlikely to fix Roar's defensive troubles

    Having made his name as a striker, one would assume Fowler's strengths as a coach will lie in the final third.

    While exciting to see what he can do with an attacker like Dylan Wenzel-Halls, Brisbane's major problem this season has been in defence having leaked 66 goals across 26 games. 

    Though his coaching skills will have to incorporate the entire pitch, it's hard seeing Fowler being the man to fix the Roar's struggles at the back. 

    That said, the man himself remains coy on the style of play he'll implement in Brisbane.

    "I wouldn’t want to give too much away, but I’ve got a really good idea of the way I want to play," Fowler told The Courier Mail.