Football-New coach Fowler aims to bring possession game to East Bengal

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Oct 10 (Reuters) – Former England international Robbie Fowler says he wants to implement a possession-based style and build a winning culture as he takes charge of his new club SC East Bengal in the Indian Super League (ISL).

Fowler was appointed East Bengal manager on a two-year contract on Friday, with the former Liverpool forward bringing in former Everton and Manchester City midfielder Tony Grant as his assistant. The 45-year-old last managed Brisbane Roar, an A-League team, and guided them to fourth place ahead of the season’s suspension due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Fowler is hoping to enjoy a similar breakout season with East Bengal, who became ISL’s newcomer last month.

“My coaching philosophy is about wanting to be competitive and playing the right way. We want to get the results and be a possession based team,” Fowler told reporters on Saturday.

“If you dive into our experience in Australia, we picked a team that was second and made them competitive. In terms of stats, we were far better than most of the other teams in the A-League last season.

“We have improved the team considerably and it is still our goal to play the right way and be as successful as possible.”

East Bengal, a century-old club in the eastern city of Kolkata, was confirmed as ISL’s 11th team last month after Shree Cement acquired a controlling stake.

Fowler said the club’s late entry into the ISL could make it difficult for his team to prepare for the new season, which begins behind closed doors next month in the western state of Goa.

“We are a little late for the transfer of ownership, but we will be as good as possible,” he added. “We will ask the team to work hard and we know it will be a challenge.”

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