West Adelaide target Fowler for A-League bid

National Premier League club West Adelaide are set to meet with Liverpool legend Robbie Fowler about a future coaching role for their ambitious A-League bid.

Robbie Fowler

Robbie Fowler in action for the Liverpool Legends against the Australian Legends in January 2016 Source: AAP

Fowler, who arrives in Australia on Tuesday night, will meet with West Adelaide vice-chairman Andy Haralampopoulos as the club prepares their case join the A-League, The Advertiser reports.



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West Adelaide officials have also confirmed that the former National Soccer League powerhouse are currently negotiating with English Premier League champions Leicester City in an effort to form a partnership between the clubs.

"I have been invited to talk to Robbie Fowler about our plans to put our club in the A-League," Haralampopoulos said.

"He also wants to coach as well, and he’d be great to be the coach.

"Our intermediary also met with the directors of the English Premier League club [Leicester] last week at a match.

"We’re looking at modelling [our] A-League club on Melbourne Victory’s model [where investors own the club] but we also want to have major input from an EPL club."

Fowler, who amassed 460 career appearances as a player, including a stint in the A-League between 2009-2011 with the North Queensland Fury and Perth Glory, has limited coaching experience with his only effort in 2012 as player/coach of Thai club Muangthong United.

West Adelaide are the latest National Premier League club to express their interest to join the A-League, with Adelaide City and Brisbane Strikers working on bids to join the top echelon.



"We expressed our interests in writing to FFA last year after we met with [former A-League chief] Damien de Bohun," Haralampopoulos said.

"Our [latest] submission will be good and well weighted with EPL interest, changing the dynamics of the whole venture."


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Published 8 November 2016 at 11:02am
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