Assistant coach should replace Robbie Fowler at the Roar


Brisbane Goalkeeper Jamie Young says Darren Davies should replace departed Roar coach Fowler.

With Liverpool legend Fowler opting out of his Roar coaching deal to stay in England with his family during the COVID-19 crisis, Davies and the club’s academy boss Warren Moon are set to assume the reins for the rest of the A-League season, which restarts on July 16.

How the coaching structure will work remains unknown, with the club yet to announce whether Davies and Moon will be in charge on the bench.

Davies is also yet to commit to taking training beyond next Friday.

The Welshman was interim coach of the Roar last season in tough circumstances following the December 2018 departure of John Aloisi.

But Young stressed that Davies should not be judged on Brisbane’s poor 2018-19 campaign, in which the Roar finished second from bottom with just four wins from 27 matches. Three of those victories came during Davies’ 18-match stint in charge.

Camera IconBrisbane Roar assistant coach Darren Davies is in contention to replace the departed Robbie Fowler. Credit: AAP, AAP Image/Glenn Hunt.

“I think it would be very harsh to judge him on the back of John Aloisi’s team,” said Young, the club’s reigning player of the year.

“He was picking up the slack from a previous manager, and that’s very difficult.

“That was a team in decline versus a team now on the rise.”

Under Fowler, the Roar lifted themselves to fourth on the ladder, having lost just two of their previous 13 matches before the competition was suspended.

“Darren’s tried to continue on in training what Robbie’s done. If it’s not broke don’t fix it,” Young said.

“What people need to remember is that Darren has worked under (former Socceroos coach) Ange Postecoglou, (ex-Melbourne Victory mentor) Kevin Muscat, John Aloisi and Robbie Fowler – that’s some pretty good people there.

“Darren has a very good CV in terms of the people he’s worked with, and he has been in A-League managerial role in the past as well so he has that experience. I think a lot of him as a coach.

Roar goalkeeper Jamie Young has backed the coaching credentials of Darren Davies.
Camera IconRoar goalkeeper Jamie Young has backed the coaching credentials of Darren Davies. Credit: AAP, AAP Image/Mark Evans

“You put him in charge of our team right now and you’ve got to say there are some very good characters in there like Tom Aldred, Scott Neville, Jack Hingert, Scott McDonald, Jay O’Shea … there are about eight or nine leaders in our team.

“I think Darren does well with this team regardless.”

Other contenders for the permanent Roar job include Moon, current Brisbane marksman McDonald, Guam national team coach and ex-Roar defender Karl Dodd, and former Brisbane Strikers midfielder Kasey Wehrman.

“Warren’s played for the club, he’s built up an intimate connection with the community in Brisbane, and that’s very important for a club like us,” Young said.

“It’s great that the club has people (Moon and Davies) like that to draw from in a time like this.

“The one thing that Robbie brought is stability. We have an obligation to get the right person for the job.”



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