Brisbane Roar coach Robbie Fowler is loving every second of rebuilding the former A-League powerhouse with his first pre-season nearing an end.
As the Liverpool legend's first pre-season as Roar boss nears completion, Fowler says he's fallen in love with the challenges of the role.
Despite his impressive playing pedigree, Fowler is a rookie coach with the Roar job his first full-time off-field role.
He's already had to overhaul a squad which finished second last in 2018-19, conceding a league-record 71 goals on the way.
The responsibility of recruiting and integrating so many new players, as well as implementing his style, has been a challenge but Fowler says nothing about life as a coach has been outside his own expectations.
"When you're a player, you come in and do your work, do your training and go home and that's it until the next day," the ex-England international said.
"As a manager, I was under no illusions it was ever going to be like that.
"I knew I was going to have to come in, work tirelessly, watch a load of games, watch a load of sessions back on what we've done and probably work on what we can do right.
"I've said from day one how much I love football, how much I want to be in and around the football environment and for me, this is perfect, I've absolutely loved it."
Fowler's first competitive fixture with the Roar was an impressive 2-0 FFA Cup round of 32 win over A-League champions Sydney FC in August.
His A-League bow as Roar boss is no easier, with Brisbane heading west to face last year's premiers plate winners Perth Glory on October 12.
Fowler, who appeared for the Glory at the tail-end of his illustrious playing career, is fully aware of the difficulty his new-look team faces against Tony Popovic's men.
"Them and Sydney were by far the best teams last year, so we know it's going to be a really, really tough game," Fowler said.
"As with the FFA Cup game, we go into the game as huge underdogs simply because obviously we're playing against a good team ... but, look, we'll go there, we'll be competitive, we'll try to make a game out of it.
"We certainly won't embarrass ourselves I know that."