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Liverpool legend Robbie Fowler to be named Brisbane Roar manager - reports

Brisbane Roar chief executive Darren Pourre may have played coy but the battling A-League club are reportedly set to unveil Liverpool legend Robbie Fowler as their next full-time coach today.

It's believed Fowler will take over at the Roar next season after reports the 44-year-old flew out from England to attend a press conference.

Pourre was tight-lipped when quizzed about the club making a coaching announcement this week when he attended a press conference farewelling veteran striker Henrique today.

Asked whether they would be unveiling their next coach, Pourre said: "It could be. It will be very soon."

Fowler had emerged as the frontrunner for the Roar gig after Brisbane launched a world-wide search following John Aloisi's shock resignation in December.

Interim coach Darren Davies will be at the helm for Brisbane's final A-League game of the season - Thursday's Suncorp Stadium clash with Adelaide United - before handing over the reins to Fowler.

Davies is expected to remain at the club as Fowler's assistant.

Fowler is set to run the rule over his new side when he attends the season finale against the Reds which will farewell Roar stalwarts Henrique and Matt McKay.

The Roar appointment would mark Fowler's first full-time coaching job after a brief stint in charge of Thai outfit Muangthong United in 2011-12.

Fowler - who scored 183 goals in 369 games for Liverpool - is no stranger to the A-League after stints with North Queensland Fury (2009-10) and Perth Glory (2010-11) towards the end of his playing career.

Fowler reportedly got the nod ahead of ex-Welsh international Carl Robinson and outgoing Adelaide United boss Marco Kurz.

A huge challenge lies ahead for Fowler if he is to turn around the once mighty Roar's fortunes.

The three-time championship winners are struggling in second-last on the A-League ladder with just four wins from 26 games to date.

However, Fowler is expected to be given free rein at the Roar regarding recruitment, with a number of players coming off contract.
Roar marquee man Eric Bautheac is among the off-contract players.

Robbie Fowler in the Liverpool Legends v Australian Legends match
Robbie Fowler in the Liverpool Legends v Australian Legends match Source: Photosport


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