The majority of football competitions have shut down for the next few weeks, but don't worry you can still get your live football fix from Australia. Take a look at these famous names that are now plying their trade in the Australian A-League.
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Brisbane Roar – Robbie Fowler
This isn’t Robbie Fowler’s first crack at football management, he was in charge of Thai football club Muangthong United from October 2011 until January 2012 after replacing Henrique Calisto. Fowler, who won the FA Cup, League Cup, UEFA Cup and UEFA Super Cup while at Liverpool, represented England on 26 occasions, scoring seven goals. After leaving Liverpool, Fowler had spells at Leeds United and Manchester City before returning to Anfield. He then finished off at Cardiff City and Blackburn, before heading out to Australia. He played 26 times for North Queensland Fury before joining Perth Glory. After his brief spell at Muangthong United, Fowler was approached by Brisbane Road and he signed a two-year deal to become their manager on April 23, 2019.
Newcastle Jets – Carl Robinson
Carl Robinson is a former Wales international midfielder with 52 caps to his name. Robinson started his professional career at Wolverhampton Wanderers, where he played 165 times and scored 19 goals. After leaving Wolves, he had spells at Portsmouth, Sheffield Wednesday, Walsall, Rotherham United, Sheffield United, Sunderland and Norwich City. He left the English game in 2007 to join MLS side Toronto FC, he played 74 times for the club before moving to New York Red Bulls. The Red Bulls were his last club as a player and he scored his only goal for the club against Toronto and he refused to celebrate. He took over as assistant coach of Vancouver Whitecaps in January 2012 before becoming their head coach in December 2013. He stayed with the club until they parted ways in 208. In February 2020, Robinson put pen to paper on a three-and-a-half-year deal to become manager of the Newcastle Jets.
Newcastle Jets – Wes Hoolahan
Wes Hoolahan is more known for his career at Norwich City. The Republic of Ireland international scored 47 goals in 323 appearances for the club after joining the Canaries from Blackpool in 2008 on a three-year contract with goalkeeper Matt Gilks moving in the opposite direction. He left Norwich in September 2018 when he joined West Bromwich Albion. He left the Baggies after he was released at the end of the 2018-19 season. He signed a one-year deal with Newcastle Jets on August 9 and he made his A-League debut against Melbourne Victory in February 2020.
Newcastle Jets – Joe Ledley
Joe Ledley is famous for breaking the hearts of every Barnsley fan in the world when he scored the only goal in the 2008 FA Cup semi-final at Wembley as Cardiff City beat the Tykes to reach the final. He started his career at the Bluebirds and played 229 times for the Welsh side before moving to Scotland to join Celtic. During his time in Glasgow, Ledley won the Scottish Premiership three times and the Scottish Cup once. He left Celtic and had spells with Crystal Palace, Derby County and Charlton Athletic before moving to Australia on a short-term deal with the Jets.
Melbourne City – Craig Noone
Craig Noone started his football career in non-league with spells at Skelmersdale United, Burscough and Southport before getting his chance at Plymouth Argyle. After spending time at Exeter City and Brighton & Hove Albion, Noone joined Cardiff City for an undisclosed fee and spent five years with the club before moving on to Bolton Wanderers. After his Bolton contract came to an end, Noone decided to try his luck in Australia and he joined Melbourne City on a two-year contract in June 2019. He has since played 13 times for City, scoring twice.
Sydney FC – Adam le Fondre
Adam le Fondre is a player who might have had more clubs than Ian Woosnam, but he certainly knows where the back of the net is. He first came on the radar when he was at Rochdale where he scored 34 goals in 91 appearances to earn a move to Rotherham United. During his time at the Millers, he netted 52 times in two years before moving on to join Reading. Although he ended up moving up and down the leagues with spells at Cardiff City, Bolton Wanderers, Wolverhampton Wanderers and Wigan Athletic, he still kept scoring. He moved to Australia on August 17, 2018 after terminating his contract at Bolton and signed joined Sydney FC where he continues to score goals for fun, he has scored 33 goals in 45 appearances.
Wellington Phoenix – Steven Taylor
Steven Taylor is a household name back in Newcastle, England. He was part of the famous Wallsend Boys Club before joining his boyhood club – Newcastle United – at academy level before moving into the first team in 2004. He played 215 times for the Toon Army before leaving the club in 2016 to try his luck in the MLS. He joined Portland Timbers before moving back to England and had spells with Ipswich Town and Peterborough United before packing his bags once again. He joined Wellington Phoenix in July 2018 and is contracted until the end of the 2019-20 campaign.
Wellington Phoenix – Gary Hooper
Gary Hooper is another player who knows where the goal is. Hooper had spells at Grays Athletic, Southend United, Leyton Orient and Hereford United before bursting on to the scene with Scunthorpe United. He scored 43 goals in 80 appearances and despite leaving the club after just two seasons, he was voted the greatest player to play for the club in 2012. He joined Celtic in 2010 for £2.4 million and proceeded to win the Scottish Premiership and Scottish Cup on two occasions each. He moved back to England to join Norwich City for a fee believed to be £5 million, he wasn’t the huge success everyone thought he would be as he scored 18 goals in 64 appearances. He then had a loan spell with Sheffield Wednesday before joining them on a permanent deal in 2016. He left the Owls at the end of the 2018-19 campaign and went to the A-League with Wellington Phoenix as their marquee striker.
Western Sydney Wanderers – Simon Cox
Simon Cox is a Republic of Ireland international striker with 30 caps to his name. He started off at Reading after coming up through their youth system. He played twice for the Royals and spent time on loan at Brentford, Northampton Town and Swindon Town. He moved to Swindon permanently in January 2008 for a fee in excess of £250,000. He scored 32 times for Swindon before moving on to join West Bromwich Albion for £1.5 million, he never really flourished at the Albion and was sold to Nottingham Forest in 2012. He scored 14 goals in 73 appearances for the Reds before re-signing for Reading. He left Reading in July 2016 to sign for Southend, where he played 133 times and scored 42 goals. He left England in January 2020 after agreeing a one-and-a-half-year contract with the Western Sydney Wanderers.
Melbourne Victory – Ola Toivonen
Sunderland fans will recognise this next player. Sweden international Ola Toivonen spent time on loan with the Black Cats after Rennes allowed him to leave for a season. He played 12 times for Sunderland and hardly set the world on fire. After his spell at Sunderland, he went back to Rennes who eventually sold him to Toulouse in 2016. He left Toulouse in August 2018 to agree terms with Melbourne Victory, he scored 15 goals in his first season in the A-League and was named captain of the club in 2019.