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Liverpool Legend Robbie Fowler In The Mix For League One Managerial Vacancy

Could Robbie Fowler, pictured alongside Steve McManaman, be on the cusp of landing a job in League One?
Could Robbie Fowler, pictured alongside Steve McManaman, be on the cusp of landing a job in League One?

Shrewsbury Town’s search for John Askey’s managerial replacement has taken another twist after Robbie Fowler emerged as a contender for the League One post, which has been vacant for just over two weeks.

Askey was sent packing earlier in November after only five months at the helm, during which he scraped only four wins from 17 league games.

Under goalkeeping coach and temporary boss Danny Coyne the Shrews have enjoyed somewhat of a resurgence, accumulating four wins from their last five matches in all competitions, including a 2-0 victory over Plymouth on Monday, a match which was watched live by Liverpool legend Fowler, who tweeted:

A bit of @shrewsweb v @Only1Argyle tonight for me...

It’s not clear why the former England striker was at the game - he would later tweet his support of the travelling Green Army fans - but Shrews fans quickly came to their own conclusions:

Come and join the blue and amber army (@salop_sam)

Interested in the Shrewsbury job Robbie? Bookies have you at 3rd favourite for it! (@imVilla)

Fancy the managerial job? (@benrobinson97)

Yes Robbie, manage us!!! (@KloppSaidBook)

It’s not the first time that Fowler has been linked with Shrewsbury. Back in 2014, Fowler was installed in the frame for the job after Graham Turner left his post at the club. In the end Michael Jackson - no, not that one - took over until the end of the season, while the position has since been held by Micky Mellon, Paul Hurst, and the recently axed Askey.

Fowler can currently be backed at 10/1 to enter into management in England for the first time - he previously oversaw Thai side Muangthong United - while it’s Newport County boss Michael Flynn who leads the way as the evens favourite, followed by the likes of Sam Ricketts, Coyne, and academy boss Eric Ramsay.

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