Liverpool legend aiming to be in management by end of 2017

Paisley Gateway

Robbie Fowler reveals he is undertaking the highest level of coaching training with a view to being in management sooner rather than later.

Liverpool legend Robbie Fowler has told the Liverpool Echo that he is undertaking the highest UEFA coaching qualification with a view to becoming a manager sooner rather than later.

The former striker, who scored 183 goals in 369 games across two spells for the Reds and is the club's sixth highest goalscorer of all time, has previously admitted his desire to enter into coaching after hanging up his boots.

Now, he has confirmed that he is working on his UEFA Pro License, the highest European coaching qualification available, as he aims to be in management soon after completing the course in the summer of 2017.

The 40-year-old officially retired from professional football at the start of last year after last playing in Thailand for 2012, and he has told the Echo that his sole ambition after the end of his playing career is to become a manager.

Fowler said: "I’ve got the other coaching badges and now I’m doing the Pro Licence which is the highest one you can do. I started it in January and it will take around a year. By next June I should have completed it.

"Everyone knows I want to be a manager. It’s what I have always longed for and I am almost there now. Doing the Pro License shows how serious I am about it. I love football. I always have done.

"Regardless of what people think about me, I believe I’d make a good manager and I am determined to prove that. I am doing it all the correct way. Nobody can think I’m trying to take any shortcuts. I am getting all my badges and then I hope an opportunity will come my way."

If Fowler does indeed get his license, the question is sure to be asked of whether he could be considered as a future Liverpool manager, having already worked at the club as an academy coach since ending his playing career.

The former striker was also reported in 2014 to have applied for the head coach job at another of his former clubs, Leeds United, but his application was turned down on the basis of his lack of experience.

Register for LIVERPOOL team updates

Register for HITC Sport - Daily Dispatch