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Breaking News ! Robbie Fowler has been linked with the vacant managerial post at Birmingham City after Australian A-League side Brisbane Roar confirmed that he had left the club. The 45-year-old had been in charge of the club for 14 months but it was announced on Monday that he would not be returning after spending the past three months in the UK with his family during the pandemic. Roar’s vice-chairman Chris Fong gave a glowing assessment of Fowler’s credentials after his departure had been confirmed, saying: “Robbie has not only provided stability but a refreshing injection of knowledge and insight into the Roar. "The world has changed, we never expected this. It's a shame because the way we were building was beautiful." Birmingham City daily newsletter. Free. To your inbox There's a quick and easy way to stay on top of all the Birmingham City news with our daily newsletter. Delivered straight into your email inbox each day, the bulletins will feature the latest Blues news, views, gossip and opinion. All you have to do is punch your email in at the top of the article - it looks just like this... And what's more, it's absolutely free! You can also get all the latest updates by following us on social media here Facebook and Twitter. We also have a free app which you can download. It is always up-to-date with the latest news from across the region. Google Play Store and App Store With Fowler set to remain in England for the foreseeable future, his name has been added to the long list of managers tipped to replace Pep Clotet at St Andrew’s. So, if he is appointed, what could Birmingham City fans expect? Tactical set-up Although his time with Roar was relatively short-lived, Fowler was able to imprint a possession-based style of play on his side. According to FBREF , Roar had the highest possession rate in the division (53%) in 2019/20 while their 83% pass accuracy rate (per A-League) was second only to Wellington Phoenix (84%). Read More Related Articles 'Grateful' - Leading contender rules himself out of Birmingham City running Read More Related Articles Confirmed: Liverpool legend leaves coaching role amid Birmingham City links In keeping with a team geared towards retaining possession of the ball, Roar looked to build from the back with Fowler using a 3-4-2-1 system that encouraged the wide centre-backs to move forward with the ball. Although Roar generally shaded the possession stakes during Fowler’s time in charge, they were unable to translate that into premium goalscoring chances, demonstrated by the fact that they had the second-worst conversion rate in the league, scoring only 25 goals in 22 games. It is worth considering, though, that the team created the fifth-highest number of chances in the division, so perhaps it was more a case of poor finishing on the part of the attackers than a major flaw in Fowler’s tactical approach. Playing in a system that utilises both wing-backs and wide forwards, a key part of Fowler’s approach was to create overloads out wide in order to move opposition defence’s out of position.
. Brisbane Roar had been fourth in the A-League standings after finishing ninth out of ten teams the season before Fowler’s appointment, showing the vast improvement he made on the club’s fortunes. What’s been said Speaking to the Guardian in October, Fowler admitted that it had taken him years of coaching courses to earn a chance with Brisbane Roar. “I was never going to start in the Premier League straight away, so for me it was a case of starting somewhere which was a good level,” Fowler said. “It has been years of hard work in terms of coaching. I knew I wanted to go through all the coaching badges and get to the level required because I wanted people to take me seriously.”
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Discussing how he set about implementing his own philosophy, Fowler added: “The good thing for me coming here is that I can get my own blueprint. “You saw Brisbane last year and without being disrespectful they definitely struggled. They had an ageing team who needed change and a different mentality, a different mindset. “We’re a new team and we want to do well. The players we’ve brought in, some of them from the lower leagues of the UK, are doing really well.” Roar captain Tom Aldred, who turned out for numerous clubs in England and Scotland before signing for the club last year, revealed in May that Fowler is a hands-on coach. "He's always in the ears of the strikers," he said. "His finishing is as good as I've seen, to be fair. He's very, very good. When he does like to get involved with the lads up front, he can finish that's for sure. "He joins in little boxes and the little rondos and he's brilliant with his feet. He does his bit of fitness work now and again. His ability is there for all to see. “I always give him a bit of banter because, when he's on my team, he never tracks any runners, but he ends up putting the ball in the net." Considering Fowler’s playing career, that shouldn’t come as much of a surprise.
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