Rumors have been running rampant in Britain that USA national coach Bob Bradley has quit his post with the Yanks. And the U.S. Soccer Federation has come forward and announced that these rumors are all false and that the coach is still under contract with the national team.
The organization also claimed that they are still interested in a new deal for the coach and hope that they can “reach a deal” shortly. But for now the waiting period has begun for the federation and Bradley is likely continuing to weigh his options across the pond.
And the rumor that sparked this story of Bradley’s departure came from the surprising exit of Martin O’Neill from Aston Villa earlier in the week. Several papers in the UK have the American linked to a head coaching job there and even Bradley has recently admitted that he is interested in coaching football overseas. There has been no official word from the EPL side either way regarding interest in the USA national team coach taking over the vacant position, but Bradley’s agent refused to comment on whether or not his client was contacted by the English club.
But regardless of the rumors all signs are leaning towards Bradley leaving this Fall. It seems that neither of the two parties seems fascinated with the pending extension and the fact that Bradley has been linked to two strong Premier League sides in the last month means that the coach will likely get his opportunity to manage in the EPL sometime soon.
Bradley’s coaching stock has risen over the last few years and even if Aston Villa doesn’t choose the Yank, he will eventually be given a chance to coach somewhere special at some point in time.
And knowing how brief managers last these days, I think the opportunity will come up sometime very, very soon.
But keep your eyes open for this developing story.
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