Robbie Fowler has been appointed as Brisbane Roar's new coach, on a two-year deal.
The Liverpool legend has been given his first coaching job by the A-League side and is returning to the competition where he played for North Queensland Fury and Perth Glory.
He will succeed Darren Davies, who has been interim coach since John Aloisi resigned in December.
Davies has only won three of his 17 games in charge and the Roar, who were thrashed 6-1 at home by Newcastle Jets at the weekend, are guaranteed to finish next to bottom in the table.
Fowler has confirmed that Davies will stay on his coaching staff but that former Everton midfielder Tony Grant will be his assistant.
The 44-year-old said: "I'm so excited; it's something I've wanted for a long time. To actually get a job with a great team is very very rewarding and I'm really proud of myself.
"I always knew if I wanted to become a manager, it had to be the right club and I just feel as though Brisbane is. It's a long way from home but I think the club has got a lot to offer, and I feel like I've got a lot to offer the club as well."
Fowler will be presented to the crowd at Suncorp Stadium ahead of Thursday's Anzac Day match against Adelaide United when the Roar will finish their season.
Speaking of the team's fortunes this season, he said: "[It] has obviously been a little bit disappointing but you always look for positives and as far as I'm concerned, the only way is up. Everyone knows the club and the place probably needs a bit of a freshen up; I'm confident I can do that, I feel as though I am the right man."
Fowler has been working as a pundit in recent years and has served as an academy coach at Liverpool.
Brisbane Roar are 9/2 to win their next game against Adelaide United, who are 8/15 with the draw 10/3.
The Roar are 25/1 to win 1-0.
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