Will Robbie Fowler succeed at the Brisbane Roar?

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Brisbane Roar have unveiled Robbie Fowler as their new manager, but will the Liverpool legend thrive in the A-League?

Fowler will take charge of a Roar outfit who currently sit ninth in the competitions standings and with just four wins next to their name.

The Englishman will take over a team where positivity has been hard to identify in a dark campaign for the Queensland side.

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This will be Fowler’s first true managerial stint since his retirement from the game in 2012 and his appointment really begs the question if Brisbane have selected the right candidate.

It certainly helps that Fowler is familiar with the A-League given his two stints with the North Queensland Fury in 2009-10 and Perth Glory in 2010-11.

His name alone is recognisable in the world of football and that could play a crucial part in the Roar acquiring talent from not only fellow Australian teams, but also across the globe.

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The 44-year-old has a very prominent name amongst legends that have served Liverpool Football Club and that stature will no doubt bring a lot more attention to the Queensland area.

On the flip side, his inexperience in the managerial seat could ultimately backfire on the clubs board’s decision to hire him in the first place.

We know in modern football that coaches are not given long to turn things around, so if all is going astray, this could be another managerial disappointment for the Roar.

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Albeit, there is only one match remaining this season against Adelaide United and Fowler will keen to chalk up his first win before a busy off-season with plenty of player activity is sure to take place.

That period could prove massive in how the Englishman will approach next campaign and if he indeed has what it takes to compete with the very best that the A-League has to offer.

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Michael Djordjieski
Bachelor of Sports Media graduate from the University of Canberra. Live and breath everything to do with football.

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