Fowler leaves Brisbane Roar

30 June 2020 21:22:15 GMTPlus10

Robbie Fowler's stint as Brisbane Roar coach is over after the A-League club confirmed he would not be returning for the remainder of the season.

The former England star had told Brisbane he did not want to leave his family in the UK.

The club will start their search for his successor, but for the moment have placed Darren Davies and Warren Moon in charge.

Fowler was given just his second crack at management by the Roar last year, signing a two-year contract. His previous role ended seven years earlier, with Thai club Muangthong United.

He departs with Brisbane fourth in the table, eight points inside the Finals Series places.

Brisbane spent three weeks in the bottom two during the first half of the season, but 45-year-old Fowler insisted the table was not a fair reflection of the talent of his squad.

After a run of four defeats in six games leading into Christmas, the Roar have turned their fortunes around from Round 12 onwards.

In that 13-game spell they have lost just twice and picked up eight victories, including the last three in a row.

Brisbane have indicated they will look for an Australian coach to take over.

For the rest of this season, former Roar midfielder Moon and ex-Welsh under-21 player Davies will steer the club.

Deputy chairman Chris Fong said: "We've always said we want to promote Australian talent."

Speaking of Fowler, Fong added: "Robbie has not only provided stability but a refreshing injection of knowledge and insight into the Roar... [We] completely understand that family comes first during these difficult times."

It means the Roar are one of four A-League clubs on the hunt for a new permanent head coach - Melbourne Victory, Western Sydney Wanderers and Adelaide United are the others.

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