Can Robbie Fowler oversee A-League success for Brisbane Roar?
- Updated: July 11, 2019
It’s been a hugely promising summer so far for fans of Brisbane Roar, with the club having undergone plenty of big changes throughout its squad and management.
Ahead of the new A-League campaign, which will kick off this October and conclude with the playoffs and grand final next May, the Brisbane outfit have recruited a host of beneficial fresh faces.
The biggest change has come in management, with Liverpool and England international goalscoring heroÃ‚Â Robbie Fowler having been confirmedÃ‚Â as the side’s new permanent manager.Ã‚Â
After an early step up into management for the former Premier League striker, Fowler previously has only taken charge of Muangthong United F.C, a club based in Muang Thong Thani, Nonthaburi Province.
But the offer came to him this summer to head the management of the Roar and he couldn’t turn it down. The now 44-year-old is currently overseeing some pre-season duties and has also been busy in the summer transfer market, which the club have delved into heavily already in the past few months.
Brisbane Roar are currently regarded asÃ‚Â 16/1 outsidersÃ‚Â in the football betting to triumph outrightÃ‚Â in the A-League next season under the guidance of their legendary head coach.
They will face a very tough task of achieving such a massive feat next term, with the top clubs in the division like Melbourne Victory and Sydney FC also boosting their ranks over the summer and looking ready to challenge for silverware once again. Fowler has a big job on his hands, too, with Brisbane Roar hoping to overturn their form and fortunes under their esteemed new coach next term. Last season was simply disastrous for them, dropping points too regularly and coming up short too often. This lack of form saw them ultimately finish in a dreadful ninth position in Australia’s top-flight table for 2018/19, well below the standards previously set by the club’s hierarchy and fans that pay to see them each and every week.
They also set a league record for the most goals conceded, a nightmare stat which has seen Fowler acquire several new faces for his defence next season in the transfer window. In fact, the former Anfield legend has overseen the arrival of over ten new signings already and there could well be even more before the campaign kicks off in October.
“WeÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve worked hard in the off-season, brought in a lot of players and you have probably seen the fruits of the rewards when you see everyone on the training pitch,” outlined Fowler as he recently took charge of his first training session with his new club.
The Roar’s backline will have a completely new look next term after so many promising signings. One in particular that looks to be a worthwhile move is that of Scott Neville. He wasÃ‚Â snapped up from Perth Glory after being releasedÃ‚Â and the Premiership winning full back follows other defenders, Tom Aldred and Macaulay Gillesphey.
Fowler has a mountain to climb next season but there have been plenty of promising signs so far this summer since his arrival on the scene.