Former Leeds United striker Robbie Fowler has reportedly applied for the vacant managerial position at the club.
News broke yesterday on Sky Sports that former Leeds United forward Robbie Fowler had applied for the vacant position at Elland Road.
Leeds have been without a boss since owner Massimo Cellino decided to sack former boss David Hockaday, as Neil Redfearn prepares the side for an important game against Birmingham City this weekend.
Leeds was the first club that Fowler moved to following his time at first club Liverpool, where he created a reputation for himself as one of the most exciting and dynamic forwards in English football.
So what are the positives and negatives if Cellino decides he’s the man to take the club forward?
On the positive side, he knows the identify of the club having spent 2001-2003 as a Leeds United player.
He has a wealth of experience when it comes to English football and he can use that to help the several new signings at the club adapt to the pace and style of the English game.
On the negative side of things, he doesn’t have a great deal of experience when it comes to management.
Fowler has just one managerial job under his belt; a stint at Muangthong United between 2011 and 2012.
Considering the diverse nature of the current Leeds squad, his man management skills would be tested to the absolute limit and a more experienced coach may be a better option as a result.
He’ll also be under huge pressure if he’s appointed at Elland Road because of the need for Leeds to get back into the Premier League.
Cellino has already pulled the trigger on one manager, after just five games of the Championship season, and Fowler would need time to stretch into the role considering his lack of coaching experience.
Here’s what Leeds fans have had to say about Fowler applying for the job.
Ay Robbie Fowler applied for The leeds job #FutureLiverpoolManager If all goes well— Tizz (@TizzStarmello) September 9, 2014
Robbie Fowler applying for the Leeds job, hope he gets it, another great character back in football.— Lloyd (@LloydTellis) September 9, 2014
Robbie Fowler to Leeds makes sense - they're probably still paying his wages. Danny Mills in as No.2?— Gavin Brown (@gavbrown_metro) September 9, 2014
Robbie Fowler has applied for the Leeds job! Hope he gets it but don't expect him to do well— Michael Cox (@MichaelCox3792) September 9, 2014
Robbie Fowler Leeds United manager? Nah you're alright Rob our kid...— Joshua (@JoshYouAmayesin) September 9, 2014
I get that Fowler applying is another 'wacky #lufc' story but if SSN knew half the goons that had applied they'd run a 60 min special— Jon Howe (@jonhowe1971) September 9, 2014
Robbie Fowler, seriously? Thanks but no thanks. #lufc— Glenn Briers (@glenn_briers) September 9, 2014