Liverpool legend Fowler is approaching the one-year anniversary of his appointment at Brisbane Roar, and he will be pleased with how things have gone for him on the Gold Coast so far.
The Roar go into Friday's match well on course to qualify for the end-of-season Finals tournament, sitting five points clear of Adelaide United in seventh and five points adrift of second-placed Melbourne City.
While it would take a significant swing for them to overhaul the Melbourne outfit and qualify for the Finals automatically, a top-six finish does look likely, which would be a satisfactory result considering they finished second-from-bottom last season.
Victory on Friday would take Brisbane to within one point of doubling their tally from last term already, so they are certainly on the right track under Fowler, even if their goalscoring exploits have not been as impressive as those of the man in charge.
The Roar have scored just 24 goals in 21 games this season - only rock-bottom Central Coast Mariners have netted fewer - while they have also conceded 24 goals to leave them with the second-worst defence in the top five.
Nonetheless, their only defeats so far this calendar year have been away to the league's top two sides, winning seven of 11 since the beginning of January - as many wins as they had managed in their previous 40 A-League games before that stretching back to March 2018.
Should they beat Newcastle then it would be the first time they have won three successive A-League matches since November 2016, and they will take great confidence from their form at home, where they are unbeaten in 2020 and have taken 14 points from the last 18 available.
Those are worrying numbers for a Newcastle side with only one away win since November, although that did come in their last outing as a shock 3-0 triumph over Adelaide United ended a torrid run of form which had seen them take only one point from their previous six games on the road.
Indeed, the Jets' overall form has greatly improved since the arrival of manager Carl Robinson last month and they travel to Brisbane on a five-game unbeaten streak under the new boss, having failed to win any of their nine matches before that.
Newcastle have taken 11 points from a possible 15 under Robinson, having accrued two from the 27 on offer prior to his arrival.
The resurgence is likely to have come too late to salvage their season with six points separating them from the top six, but a positive end to the campaign should at least raise hope that next term will be better.
It certainly would not be out of character for Newcastle to bounce back having finished as high as second and as low as bottom of the table in the last four seasons alone, and planning will already be underway to ensure that 2020-21 is one of their high points.
Brisbane Roar A-League form: WWDLWW
Newcastle Jets A-League form: DWDDWW
O'Donovan is still the Roar's leading scorer this season, while he has been in fine form since rejoining the Jets too and goes into the game having scored in each of his last three outings.
That tally puts the Irishman already just two goals behind Newcastle's top scorer Dimitri Petratos, who is on five for the campaign.
Brisbane Roar possible starting lineup:
Young; Neville, Aldred, Gillesphey; Hingert, O'Neill, O'Shea, Brown; McDonald, Muratovic, Inman
Newcastle Jets possible starting lineup:
Italiano; Koutroumbis, Boogaard, Topor-Stanley; Millar, Thurgate, Ugarkovic, Burns; Petratos; Hoolahan, O'Donovan
We say: Brisbane Roar 1-1 Newcastle Jets
The league table suggests a home win in this match, but Newcastle Jets looks like a different team under Carl Robinson and have also poached Brisbane's main goal-getter. It is an intriguing showdown between two teams in fine form, and we can see them cancelling each other out.