SWINDON Town have reportedly opened talks with Liverpool legend Robbie Fowler about becoming the club's new manager.

According to The Sun's football reporter, Alan Nixon, Town's hierarchy is keen to act quickly after relegation and is aiming to appoint the ex-Liverpool striker, who wants to return to England to prove himself as a coach.

Fowler is currently East Bengal's head coach in India following a spell as Brisbane Roar's manager between 2019 and 2020.

Before that, the 46-year-old had been in charge of Muangthong United in Thailand.

His assistant in all three of his managerial jobs has been former Everton midfielder Tony Grant, who spent a month on loan at the County Ground during Town's 1995-1996 Division Two Championship-winning season.

Grant immediately gained favour with Town fans after scoring on his debut with a fine chip in a 3-0 home win against Hull City, though he only played twice more in a short but sweet stint in Wiltshire.

It is thought Fowler now wants to follow in the footsteps of former teammate Steven Gerrard and earn his stripes as a coach further down the pyramid before stepping into a high-profile job in the future.

If Fowler does take over as manager, he will follow in the footsteps of other high-profile appointments in Wiltshire such as Glenn Hoddle and Paolo Di Canio.

Town are looking for a new manager following the resignation of John Sheridan.

The 56-year-old left his post in the moments after now-relegated Swindon fell to a heavy 4-1 defeat away at AFC Wimbledon last month.

With assistant boss Tommy Wright - who took over as caretaker for the final four games - also leaving, the County Ground club is expected to see an awful lot of change before next season.

Should Fowler choose to take up the job at the County Ground, the ex-England striker – who scored seven times in 26 appearances for his country – will only have seven players under contract in pre-season as things stand.

Dion Conroy, Zeki Fryers, Mathieu Baudry, Taylor Curran, Rob Hunt, Jordan Lyden and Jack Payne are the only squad members who are confirmed to have longer deals.

Scott Twine appears to be the only player to have been offered a new deal, but the 21-year-old is yet to sign on the dotted line despite regularly pledging his allegiance to his boyhood team in recent weeks.