ROBBIE FOWLER has officially been confirmed as the new manager of Brisbane Roar.
The Liverpool legend, 44, signed a two-year contract with the Australian side.
His new side are struggling in the A-League – second from bottom with one game to go – but he will be hopeful he can turn their fortunes around next season.
Fowler will be in attendance at Thursday's home clash with Adelaide United and will take the chance to cast his eye over the squad he will be working with.
He said: "I'm really looking forward to the challenge and am determined to bring success to a club that has such a proud history in the Hyundai A-League.
"I'm really keen to get started and make a difference.
"My family and I have already experienced living in Queensland, so I'm really happy to be returning and being part of the Brisbane Roar family."
Fowler spent nine years at Liverpool's youth academy before progressing to the first-team in 1993.
Brisbane Roar is confident that we have appointed an outstanding person and someone who is hungry to succeed.
There, he went on to play for the better part of a decade, scoring 120 Premier League goals in just 236 games, before playing for Leeds, Manchester City, Cardiff and Blackburn.
Fowler enjoyed one season back at Anfield before his move to Wales. Later, he spent two years in the A-League, firstly with North Queensland Fury and then with Perth Glory before finishing his playing days with Thai side Muangthong United.
During his time in Thailand he gained some experience as a player-manager before heading back to Liverpool to be part of the academy coaching set-up.
The former Anfield icon – nicknamed "God" by the Reds faithful – has been hunting managerial work over the past few years, to little avail.
Fowler threw his name into the hat for the top job at Leeds United in 2014 – but was unsuccessful in his application.
Roar's CEO David Pourre welcomed Fowler and believes the future is bright for Queensland's only A-League club.
He said: "I'd like to take this opportunity to congratulate and welcome Robbie to our proud and successful football club.
"BRFC is confident that we have appointed an outstanding person and someone who is hungry to succeed.
"I know our members, supporters, sponsors and fans will be excited for the 2019/20 season."
Welcome to Brisbane, @Robbie9Fowler!
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