Kolkata: New Indian Super League entrants East Bengal are in all likelihood set to appoint former Liverpool legend Robbie Fowler as their head coach for the upcoming season, according to sources. It is understood that the discussion between both the party began three weeks back.
Fowler has successfully managed A-League side Brisbane Roar in his last managerial stint finishing fourth in the table with 40 points from 26 matches and qualified for the final stages of the competition. But unfortunately, they lost in the elimination round.
Fowler began his managerial stint in the 2011-12 season when he was appointed as the player-cum-manager in Thailand’s top-division side Muangthong United and finished third in the league. After that, he moved away from coaching to become a football pundit, just to comeback last season with Brisbane Roar.
A product of Liverpool Youth Academy, Fowler broke into the first team in 1993. He played for Liverpool till 2001 before joining arch-rivals Leeds United. After spending two seasons, he then joined Manchester City. In 2006, he came back to his boyhood club and spent two more seasons bagging 183 goals in all competition for the Reds and became the third-highest goalscorer for the club.
He has scored 163 times in the Premier League, thus making him the seventh-highest goalscorer in the history of the League. It will be very interesting to see how such a big name of the game manages a club with a heritage that they have been carrying for the last 100 years.