With the Liverpool legend set to be announced as new Brisbane Roar manager, his appointment has sparked debate about its merits.
He was the greatest British striker ever to play in the A-League.
North Queensland Fury and Perth Glory both witnessed “God’s” qualities around a decade ago.
So he knows the league. And knows football at a much higher level than the A-League.
And Roar is going to need every bit of his nous.
This once proud club has been in freefall this season.
Sitting second bottom of the league, the former powerhouse lost coach John Aloisi this year and the results have been even worse under interim manager Darren Davies.
But reigniting Roar shouldn't be too difficult.
1: APPOINT LOCAL ASSISTANT COACHES
He’ll need local knowledge. Bringing in UK coaches with him would be flirting with disaster.
Firstly, Australian coaches are of high quality and can accelerate adapting to local conditions.
They’ll know the players, other coaches and conditions and it’ll appease those unhappy about foreign coaches.
And with a new and very impressive training HQ, the structure is there to build a new era at the club.
If available, former players like Thomas Broich, Matty McKay and Karl Dodd would be a good starting point.
2: RALLY ROAR'S ACTIVE SUPPORT
For too long, Roar’s fabulous active fans have felt like many other active supporter groups in the league, unappreciated.
“God” needs them. The club needs them.
They need to be on this new journey, excited and engaged by the Fowler era.
Making it “Fortress Suncorp” again should be the goal.
Loud and proud active support is so important to any team, especially Roar.
3: LEVERAGE THE POSITIVE MEDIA
If he’s here, there’s no point in hiding from the media. Such a huge name will attract media coverage. Use that to build excitement around this new era. Mainstream media outlets will all know Fowler.
He’s a sporting icon in Australia. Use it, don’t hide from it.
And if Fowler doesn’t want help the club earn better media coverage, it should’ve been a KPI.
No point in wasting Fowler's iconic status.
4: BRING IN REDS FANS
Liverpool FC has an extraordinary fan base in Australia and New Zealand.
As evidenced by the last six years when the club has played in front of packed stadia across the nation (who can forget the 99,000 plus at the MCG for the Victory friendly in 2013?).
The league needs new fans.
And Roar needs them too as they aim to bounce back in season one of the Fowler era.
5: BRING BACK ATTACKING ETHOS
The Roar of old under Ange Postecoglou, Miron Bleiberg and Mike Mulvey all thrilled the fans.
Queensland sports fans have plenty of options, so bring back the entertaining Roar of old.
Strikers will want to play under Fowler, one of the greatest ever in European football.
Entertain the fans and they'll back you.