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Robbie Fowler will join MK Dons coaches - Karl Robinson


Dons strikers to benefit from Fowler role

Former Liverpool and England striker Robbie Fowler will join MK Dons as a coach in mid-February.

The 35-year-old will not be available until then because he is playing for Australian side Perth Glory.

Dons manager Karl Robinson knows Fowler from his time as an academy coach with the Reds.

Robinson told BBC Look East: "When his season finishes he'll be over on a regular basis working with the forwards as part of my coaching team."

Fowler scored 230 goals across 15 years in English football, playing for Liverpool, Leeds, Manchester City, Cardiff and Blackburn Rovers and worked briefly with the Dons squad in May.

Robinson, who is five years younger than Fowler, put his Liverpool connection to good use in pre-season by persuading Dietmar Hamann to become a player-coach.

Robbie Fowler
Fowler has scored five times in 15 games for Perth this season

And with the recent departure of first-team coach Alex Rae to become Paul Ince's assistant at Notts County, the German has taken on extra responsibility.

"Didi's really stepped up to the mark, sometimes when people move on and people move forward you don't realise how much quality they have in them," Robinson said.

"He's a very good coach and if he can pass a small amount of his experience on to these young players then it will only enhance the team."

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