After Martin O’Neill’s shock announcement yesterday that he was resigning as Aston Villa manager, one man has already shown interest in the job. USA coach Bob Bradley has indicated that he would be ready to move to Europe for a coaching role.
The 52 year old who is regarded as one of the USA’s most successful coaches is currently head coach of the senior men’s national team. After leading them to the second round of the World Cup, Bradley has yet to commit himself to the team.
Bradley, just like Mourinho, is one of the few tactically gifted coaches who are able to turn around the fortunes of their team when they are in the gutter. A clear example was against Slovenia in the group stages of the World Cup where they came from 2 goals down to eventually draw the game despite one of their goals being disallowed.
Whatever Bob Bradley must have told his during the break worked. Losing 2-0 at the break, the USA returned for the 2nd half a rejuvenated side pulling a goal back with only 3 minutes played. In the 82nd minute Michael Bradley, the coach’s son pulled restored parity before Maurice Adu volleyed Landon Donovan’s free kick into the net.
The goal was however disallowed but the USA still progressed through to the second round as group leaders. Bradley’s next assignment will come in the form of Brazil as the USA gears up for an international friendly against the 5 time world champions today in New Jersey.
Bradley’s current contract runs out in December and he is expected to plan his future after this game.
“I had a few discussions with U.S. Soccer. This fixture date comes at a tricky time and so we agreed it was most important to get on and prepare for this date and then we would have some discussions following this game.
“That’s where it stands. Other than that, there are different kinds of speculation on different days, so there is not much to be said until some more discussions take place.”
Speaking about the chance of moving to Europe, this is what he had to say.
“I have said over and over as well that I am always excited about new and different challenges. Certainly coaching in Europe at some point is something that I would love to do,” Bradley said. “At the same time, I also consider it a challenge when you finish one [World Cup] cycle and begin the process of working on another one.
“From the time one World Cup ends, you begin to go through the process of assessing where you are. From the end of the World Cup, I have said the same thing: There would be a period when both sides would assess. I think that’s normal.”
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