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Nth Qld hierarchy to sort out Fowler/Ferguson dispute

North Queensland Fury officials will today meet to resolve the dispute between marquee striker Robbie Fowler and head coach Ian Ferguson. Recent reports suggest that the former Liverpool star is set to quit the club and return to England but Fury chairman Don Matheson is desperate to pour water on the situation and smooth things over between the feuding pair.

Ferguson decided he would start Fowler in the bench for Saturday's clash with the Brisbane Roar in Townsville prompting the prolific goalscorer to sit out the match in protest for not starting on the pitch but Ferguson backed his decision and said everything had been magnified too much.

''I went for a different formation and I just felt Robbie looked a wee bit jaded the last couple of games and I wanted to try and bring him off the bench,'' Ferguson said.

''And then come the last 30 minutes or so (he could come on) and give us a bit of a lift, get the crowd going, but obviously Robbie didn't want to sit on the bench.

''He's a player who can turn a game in a heartbeat and that was my way of thinking, that he could come on and give us a lift,'' Ferguson added.

''You don't get too many Robbie Fowlers on your door step. I still want him at the club, I want to make it perfectly clear, I don't want rid of Robbie Fowler. The only thing that happened here is Robbie's been put on the bench, Robbie didn't want to be on the bench and I think it's all been blown out of proportion.''

Andrew Slevison
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