ISL 2020-21: Robbie Fowler keen on experiencing East Bengal-Mohun Bagan rivalry

Former Liverpool great Fowler, who was introduced as the coach of the ISL debutant SC East Bengal said he will leave no stone unturned to bring glory.

Robbie Fowler has been named coach of SC East Bengal for ISL 2020-21.   -  AP

Robbie Fowler, the former Liverpool legend, who was introduced as the coach of the Indian Super League debutant SC East Bengal said that he will leave no stone unturned to bring glory to the side.

“We will try to make this club as successful as possible. It is a big challenge as it is a new team. We are a bit late in terms of preparation but we will leave no stone unturned in our quest to bring glory,” said Fowler, who is making a move from A-League, where he coached Brisbane Roar.

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Appearing in his first press conference, which was conducted on a virtual platform, Fowler said he had heard a lot about the long rivalry between East Bengal and Mohun Bagan and looked forward in experiencing it. “Rivalry is healthy in football as it drives the players on and also the clubs to achieve the very best. Tony (his assistant Anthony Grant) and I have been involved in various rivalries and derbies so we know what it is all about,” said Fowler.

About building the team in a short notice, Fowler said that he was confident that he and his team can make it into a successful outfit. “We have experienced the situation before (in Australia with Brisbane Roar) and it is a challenge we have accepted. It is about doing the preparation well and getting the right methods and ethics into the players,” the former England striker said.

About his coaching philosophy, Fowler said it about being competitive and playing the right way. “We want to be competitive and play the right way and get good results. This is what football is all about. We will create a team that will work very well and work very well for each other. We are going to be a possession-based team. Going by our experience in Australia we helped the team (Brisbane Roar) improve drastically. Similarly, we will try to make East Bengal as successful as we can,” Fowler said.

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With East Bengal planning the announcement of the squad gradually in the coming days, Fowler aims to convert his new team full of marquee players. “We are a good team and full of marquee players, this is a term used quite often in India. Our ethos and objective is to bring the best in every player and we are looking at a team full of marquee players who will be treated the same regardless of their stature. Even when the Indian players join in we will work together and look for the best result. We have got some interesting international names on board that will impress every one when it is announced,” Fowler said.

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