#East Bengal: Detailed look into Robbie Fowler’s backroom staff!
Last Updated 11:09 PM 9th October 2020 .
Liverpool Legend Robbie Fowler has been officially appointed as the new manager of East Bengal for 2 years. Nicknamed “GOD” by the Anfield faithful, Robbie Fowler becomes the second Englishman after Trevor James Morgan to take charge of the Red and Gold brigade. Alongside him, Fowler has brought with him a list of supporting staff who will be his guide for his endeavors with East Bengal.
Anthony “Tony” Grant has joined as an assistant coach. A former midfielder with Everton, Manchester City, and Burnley, Grant started his coaching career with Crewe and then moved to Accrington Stanley and Chester City. He is a former Everton scout who has been in Spain and Germany watching and learning from clubs there. In fact, he’s been an observing coach at Juventus and Borussia Dortmund, where he has observed for five years.
Grant has been assistant to Robbie Fowler at Brisbane Roar last season, helping Fowler reshape the A-League team and take them to a fourth place finish from a ninth place the previous season.
Terence “Terry” McPhillips has joined East Bengal as the set-piece coach. Terry managed the Blackburn Rovers youth team that reached the 2012 FA Youths Cup Final but were defeated by Chelsea. In January 2012, he was appointed caretaker assistant manager to Gary Bowyer after Henning Berg was sacked as manager. He was re-appointed assistant manager from June 2013 to 2015.
In 2016, he followed Gary Bowyer to Blackpool F.C. as a chief scout and assistant manager. He was appointed caretaker manager of Blackpool F.C. in 2018 after Gary Bowyer left the club. In September 2018, he was made permanent manager of Blackpool. McPhillips resigned as Blackpool manager in July 2019, after having informed the club’s board that he had no long-term desire to be a manager.
Robert “Bobby” Mimms – the former Tottenham Hotspurs goalkeeper has joined the backroom staff as the goalkeeper coach for East Bengal.
Bobby Mimms has prior experience of working in India as he was the goalkeeping coach with Indian Super League sides Jamshedpur FC in 2017 and ATK in 2018, with Steve Coppell. In 2019 June he was appointed as the goalkeeper coach of Bangladesh national football team.
Michael Harding – the former Newcastle United physio who was part of the Premier League team for 14 years since 2006 has joined Robbie Fowler’s backroom staff as the physio of the team. Harding resigned from his position just recently on 26th September 2020 after internal issues with the club and Fowler was quick to contact the experienced physio and get him on board for his endeavours.
Jack Inman – the former Macclesfield Town & Bury FC Sports scientist has joined Robbie Fowler’s backroom staff in his role as the Sport scientist.
He is a BSc (Hons) Strength and conditioning & MSc sport and exercise science graduate from the University of Central Lancashire. ISAK level 1.
Joseph Walmsley has joined as the analyst of the team. He has been working with the Preston North End FC head academy analyst to help provide feedback and videos/stats to the U18s and then analysing matches and scouting players suited to Preston’s style of play producing reports and video evidence for the senior team.
Overall, the backroom staff indeed looks quite impressive for Robbie Fowler as he will be soon flying down to India and begin his preparation for the Indian Super League campaign. He will also be assisted by former Indian national team captain Renedy Singh as the Indian assistant coach.