East Bengal look determined to start their Indian Super League journey with a bang. The Kolkata giants, confirmed as the 11th team for the ISL Season 7, are eyeing to rope in a top international coach.
East Bengal, which had disinvested a majority stake to the Bangur Group brand Shree Cement, is engaged in talks with the Robbie Fowler to rope in the Liverpool legend as the head coach.
The club has confirmed that Fowler has been approached for the job.
“We have had a series of talks with Fowler but I cannot say ‘yes’ now with responsibility. I can only say Fowler can also be our coach,” Hari Om Bangur, the principal owner of the club told PTI.
East Bengal are running against time to build the squad for the tournament slated to be held in three venues of Goa in less than three months’ time.
“Coach will decide the players so we will have to appoint him at the earliest. We will make the announcement within a couple of days,” added Bangur.
The club is also set to have a new name following the disinvestment of the majority stake. “East Bengal will be suffixed by something. We are toying with a few ideas. We want to have our identity. Everything will be clear soon,” said Bangur on the possibilities of the club’s new name.
Premier League’s all-time seventh highest goal scorer with 163 to his name, the former English star was a product of Liverpool youth academy and made his senior debut in 1993. He has been the third-highest goal-scorer for the Reds where he played till 2001 before switching allegiance to arch-rivals Leeds United and then Man City.
In his managerial career, Fowler was with A-League side Brisbane Roar FC last season when they finished fourth. He has also coached Thailand’s top division club Muangthong United in the middle of his playing season there and guided the team to third place.
Former Indian footballer Renedy Singh is also likely to join them as an assistant coach.