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Indian Super League: Liverpool legend Robbie Fowler appointed as East Bengal head coach under 2 year contract

Premier League’s all-time seventh highest goal scorer with 163 strikes to his name, Robbie Fowler, has been appointed as the head coach for East Bengal under a 2 year contract

Former England international Robbie Fowler

Former England international Robbie Fowler. (Twitter Photo)

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Former India captain Rennedy Singh will be Fowler’s deputy
  • The team this year is going to be renamed as SC East Bengal
  • Fowler is expected to join the team in Goa next week and get them ready for the ISL season

Former England international Robbie Fowler has been appointed the head coach of East Bengal for the next two seasons, team’s principal owner Hari Mohan Bangur confirmed on Friday.

“We are happy to appoint the legendary Robbie Fowler as the Head Coach for the Hero Indian Super League (ISL) season.

“It is a two year contract as of now but we hope to have a long, fruitful and trophy laden collaboration. Robbie comes in with a wealth of experience having played with and against the best,” HM Bangur, who has acquired a majority stake in East Bengal, said.

Former India captain Rennedy Singh will be Fowler’s deputy. Rennedy is a former East Bengal captain as well.

The owner and managing director of Shree Cement Limited, who has acquired a majority stake of 76 per cent, further revealed that the team will be known as SC East Bengal as they along with Mohun Bagan make it a 11-team ISL.

Fowler a product of Liverpool youth academy

Premier League’s all-time seventh highest goal scorer with 163 strikes to his name, the former English striker was a product of Liverpool youth academy and made his senior team debut in 1993.

He has been the third-highest goalscorer for the Reds where he played till 2001 before switching allegiance to arch-rivals Leeds United and then Manchester City.

In his managerial career, Fowler was with A-League side Brisbane Roar FC last season when they finished fourth.

Bangur said the first priority would be to make up for the lost time.

“We are already short on preparation, and will start with a handicap. So he will assemble the squad as early as possible in Goa. We will look to make a competitive side,” Bangur was quoted as saing by PTI.

The 45-year-old Fowler also coached Thailand’s top division club Muangthong United in the middle of his playing season there and guided the team to third place.

This Post first appeared on “India Today”

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