Robbie Fowler becomes coach of Indian side East Bengal

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Robbie Fowler becomes coach of Indian side East Bengal

Fowler will join Phil Brown, coach at Hyderabad FC, and ex-Burnley boss Owen Coyle, now at Jamshedpur FC, among Britons coaching in the seven-year-old ISL.

 
KOLKATA, Oct. 10, 2020:  The century-old East Bengal Club named former England international Robbie Fowler as a coach for their first season in the Indian Super League.
The 45-year-old former Liverpool striker parted ways with Australian club Brisbane Roar this year and is expected to quickly join up with his new players.
“We have signed the contract on Thursday and Robbie Fowler is expected to join the side directly in Goa within a week,” East Bengal owner Hari Mohan Bangur informed the media.
The industrialist said that Fowler would start on a two-year contract “which could be extended in due course.”
East Bengal was last month named as the 11th team in the growing ISL which is to start on November 21 and be held behind closed doors at three venues because of the coronavirus pandemic.
Since ending his much-travelled playing career in 2012, Fowler has been coach at Muangthong United in Thailand before moving to Liverpool's academy in 2013 and then Brisbane last year where he stayed until the pandemic halted play in March.
Fowler will join Phil Brown, coach at Hyderabad FC, and ex-Burnley boss Owen Coyle, now at Jamshedpur FC, among Britons coaching in the seven-year-old ISL.
Former India captain Rennedy Singh will be Fowler’s deputy. Rennedy is a former East Bengal captain also.
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 ATK Mohun Bagan make it a 11-team ISL.
“It could be Sporting Club East Bengal or Shree Cement East Bengal as per your interpretation. We as a corporate group cannot prefix ‘Shree Cement’ to East Bengal so we have decided the team as ‘SCEB,” he said.
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.