Fowler explains T-Team link

Former England striker Robbie Fowler addressed the rumours of him joining then Malaysian Super League side T-Team as player-manager in 2012.

Both New Straits Times and The Mirror reported that the Terengganu chief minister at that time, Datuk Seri Ahmad Said, wanted the Liverpool legend to take on the roles of manager, coach and player for the East Coast side.

T-Team were coached by Peter Butler at the time, with Rozi Mamat as manager, but Datuk Seri Ahmad reportedly said that the team “will adopt an English league style for the new season and a single person will assume the roles of manager and head coach.”

When quizzed about it, Fowler admitted there were talks with T-Team, but nothing concrete came out of it.

“I did speak to Butler, who wanted me to come over to be a player-coach, but I do not know where the ‘player-manager’ bit came from,” he clarified during the opening ceremony of the official LFC store at Lot 10 Shopping Centre in Kuala Lumpur.

Back then, Fowler was just coming off a season as player-coach of Thai side Muangthong United as his one-year contract with the club ended and Slavisa Jokanovic was appointed as new head coach.

He added: “Butler wanted me to come over to Malaysia, but certain things were happening in my life at that time, so I could not commit.

“There certainly was an offer, but as coach or player-coach, not as manager.”

Despite missing out on Fowler, T-Team continued to hunt for former Premier League players and eventually signed ex-Middlesbrough midfielder George Boateng and ex-Hull City striker Caleb Folan as their designated import players for the 2013 season.