Ex-Liverpool striker Robbie Fowler ready for first step into management after earning Uefa pro license
The former Reds striker has decided to move into the dugout after an illustrious playing career, in which he scored 163 goals in 379 appearances in the Premier League.
Former Liverpool players and fans have been quick to congratulate him after he completed his course, which also included Derby County boss Gary Rowett and Blackpool manager Gary Bowyer.
Fowler – nicknamed ‘God’ at Anfield in his playing days – was congratulated by former teammate John Arne Riise, among others, upon announce the news.
“Everyone knows I want to be a manager”
Fowler has previously stated his desire to become a manager, after been linked with various roles since his retirement in 2012.
“Everyone knows I want to be a manager. It’s what I have always longed for and I am almost there now”, he said in an interview with the Liverpool Echo in 2016.
“Doing the Pro License shows how serious I am about it. I love football. I always have done.”
“Regardless of what people thing about me, I believe I’d make a good manager and I am determined to prove that.”
Where next for Robbie Fowler?
Fowler has also said he is realistic about the type of club that he would be able to manage at this point in his fledgling career.
‘I’m not naive to think I can go straight into the Championship or Premier League. If I’m being genuinely serious, I don’t think anyone would touch me at that level. Like everyone I have to start a little bit lower” he told the Daily Mail in March. That same publication reported on his application to become Leeds manager after David Hockaday was sacked in 2014.
A Uefa pro license is the highest coaching certificate available and follows Uefa ‘A’ and ‘B’ licenses. Any would-be coach wishing to manage in one of Europe’s top-flight leagues requires one.
It the latest development in Fowler’s post-playing career, after he set up the Fowler Education and Football Academy, which has produced success stories such as 16-year-old Declan Daniels, who signed a two-year scholarship deal at Ipswich Town after enrolling in the FEFA.
After Steven Gerrard became the U18s coach at Liverpool, could a return to the Reds be on the cards for Fowler, perhaps as part of Jürgen Klopp’s backroom staff or in the academy?
He has previously been involved in the development of young talent at Liverpool, former striker Jerome Sinclair having revealed how Fowler helped improve his finishing.