Fowler Appointed St Mirren Assistant
- James Fowler appointed assistant manager at St Mirren
- Links up with new manager and fellow Sport Careers Agency client Jack Ross
- Will watch from the stand on Saturday as Allan McManus takes charge of his last game as caretaker boss against Hibs
NEW St Mirren boss Jack Ross has moved quickly to appoint former Queen of the South manager James Fowler as his Buddies no2.
Ex-Kilmarnock midfielder Fowler makes it a double act of clients in the top jobs at the Paisley 2021 Stadium with current caretaker boss Allan McManus, the club's Head of Youth, also on our books.
Ross is thrilled to have someone of Fowler's calibre on board after James led Queens to the Championship play-offs in 2014/15 before leaving the club in April this year.
Jack told stmirren.com: "I am delighted to be able to bring James to the club and thank the board for their assistance in doing so.
"James has a great pedigree in the game as a player and has enjoyed success as a manager in his own right.
"These attributes and experiences ensure that he will be an asset to both me and the club as we strive to drive upwards."
Fowler had been helping out his local club Stirling Albion in League Two with coaching expertise as his fellow client Martyn Corrigan takes caretaker charge there.
The Saints job was too good an opportunity to turn down, though, and he told the club website: "It's been a whirlwind last 48 hours. Obviously with Jack getting the job I just sent him a wee message congratulating him and he said that there might be an opportunity to come in.
"It was something that I was really positive about and I'm delighted to be here.
"I've known him for a long time just within the circles of football but I've been keeping track of what he has been doing as well at Alloa.
"I've been over to see him the last few weeks when he has been there and I'm delighted to come in and I'm looking forward to working with him full-time."
Ross is taking charge of Alloa for the final time in tomorrow's lunchtime kick-off at Welsh club Bala Town in the last 16 of the IRN BRU Cup.
Fowler, meanwhile, will have a watching brief at Easter Road as McManus takes his last match as caretaker boss against Neil Lennon's Hibernian in the same tournament.
James shares the view of many that Saints have a squad that is under-achieving with Alex Rae axed as boss early in the season.
He told stmirren.com: "I've been to a few games this season as well so I've seen the current squad, there are exciting young players here as well a few older experienced heads so I think there is a really good blend and we're just looking forward to getting started working with them.
"I think it is a great opportunity to be able to help Jack. I've done that role of manager as well, I know roughly what he will be expecting of me having been in that position myself.
"I'm here to work with him and obviously Allan McManus as well and we're really excited with the group of players we have got. We're not in a great position just now but it is all positive moving forward and we're looking to start catching the teams above us."
Hibs cruised to a 2-0 win at St Mirren in the Championship earlier in the season and tomorrow will be a tough mission for McManus before he returns to his Head of Youth role.
Fowler revealed: "I'm going to go, I'll just be in the Boardroom I think having a look at the players probably without having too much input.
"We'll leave that till Jack starts on Monday but if there is anything there that I can help Allan with once I'm in the door, that's me here."