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Brisbane Roar, Liverpool great Robbie Fowler cut ties after coach’s 15 months at the club

Robbie Fowler’s time as Brisbane Roar coach is over, with the Liverpool legend and the A-League club severing ties.

Fowler’s future had been in doubt since he returned home to England after the competition was halted in March due to the COVID-19 crisis.

When the Roar returned to training last week, Fowler and assistant Tony Grant were still in the United Kingdom with no plans on when they were to return to Australia.

In an interview with English television show Soccer AM recently, Fowler said he felt he was “not a priority” for the club and no flight arrangements had been made for either he or Grant.

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The Roar has released a statement confirming Fowler and Grant will not be returning to the club.

“Robbie has not only provided stability but a refreshing injection of knowledge and insight into the Roar,” Brisbane’s deputy chairman, Chris Fong, said in the statement.

“We are disappointed that the global pandemic has impacted our plans together but completely understand that family comes first during these difficult times.”

Fowler was quoted thanking the club on behalf of both he and Grant for the opportunity and the fans for their support.

“We are proud of what we achieved,” he said.

The sky is a resplendent blue as a beaming Robbie Fowler stands on a water front holding aloft an orange Brisbane Roar jersey.
Robbie Fowler arrived in Brisbane in April 2019 to take over at the club from John Aloisi.(AAP: Dave Hunt)

The ex-England striker took over at the Roar in the middle of last year as John Aloisi’s successor.

Fowler overhauled the Roar’s squad and, after a slow start, lifted them to fourth on the ladder before the league’s suspension.

In 22 matches in charge, Fowler led the Roar to 10 wins, five draws and seven losses in what was his first full-time appointment as head coach since the end of his illustrious playing career.

Fowler has been linked to the vacancy at English second-tier club Birmingham City in recent weeks.

Right-hand man Grant, who played professionally for several English clubs including Everton and Burnley, also won’t be returning to the club.

Former Wales under-21 player Darren Davies, who coached the club between Aloisi and Fowler’s reigns, will step in to coach the team for the remainder of the season alongside ex-Roar midfielder Warren Moon.

The Roar have four regular-season fixtures remaining in the 2019-20 campaign, which is due to resume on July 16.

The club said announcements about the head coach position and appointment process would be made at the end of the A-League season.

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