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Robbie Fowler leaves his job as boss of Australian side Brisbane Roar

por Nannie Inwood (02/07/2020)

Liverpool legend Robbie Fowler will not be returning to take charge of Australian club Brisbane Roar when the A-League season restarts next month.

The former England striker and his assistant Tony Grant went home to England in March when the season was suspended because of the Covid-19 outbreak.

And on Monday, the club confirmed that Fowler's time at the club had come to an end because of the 'ongoing coronavirus situation'.

Liverpool legend Robbie Fowler will not be returning to his role as manager of Brisbane Roar

The former England star took his second job in management with the Australian side last year


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Fowler, in an interview with Soccer AM while back in the UK, had said he was 'not a priority' for hạ long the club as they had not arranged a flight back.

'We are disappointed that the global pandemic has impacted our plans together but completely understand that family comes first during these difficult times,' vice-chairman Chris Fong said in a statement. 

'Robbie has not only provided stability but a refreshing injection of knowledge and insight into the Roar.'

Fong is quoted in the Brisbane Courier Mail saying: 'For health and family reasons Robbie won't be coming back.'

Fong earlier told the Sydney Morning Herald that Welsh assistant coach Darren Davies and the club's academy manager Warren Moon would share coaching duties on a caretaker basis and that the next permanent coach would be Australian.

Fowler only had the experience of the 2011-12 season as player-coach at Thai club Muangthong United on his CV when he took over at the Roar at the start of the season.

Fowler made his name as a player with Liverpool and returned to the club for a second spell

The 45-year-old helped Brisbane Roar rise to fourth in the table before the season was halted

He led the club, which had finished second bottom the previous season, to fourth place before matches were suspended with six rounds of the regular season and the championship play-offs remaining.

'On behalf of myself and Tony, I would like to thank the club for the opportunity, and the Brisbane Roar fans for the warm welcome and support for me and the team.

We are very proud of what we achieved,' Fowler said in the statement.

Australia has been relatively successful in containing the spread of the coronavirus but travel restrictions between states remain in place and anyone arriving from abroad is obliged to self-isolate for 14 days.

The A-League will resume behind closed doors on July 16 with the regular season to be wrapped up by the end of August.


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