October 3, 2016
Ex-U.S. national coach Bradley named Swansea City coach, 1st American to guide EPL team
Former U.S. national team and MetroStars head coach Bob Bradley has become the first American to coach in the English Premier League.
Bradley was appointed head coach of Swansea City Monday, following the dismissal of Francesco Guidolin.
Many U.S. players have performed in the EPL, but none has coached -- until now.
The 58-year-old Bradley will join the EPL club after French club Le Havre agreed to release him from his contract after Monday night's match against Sochaux.
Swansea has gotten off to a nightmare start to the season, finding itself in 17th with a 1-5-1 record and four points, just about the relegation zone.
So Bradley certainly has his work cut out for him.
“We are delighted Bob has agreed to join us," Swansea City chairman Huw Jenkins said in a statement on the team's website.
“He is highly regarded as a coach and has a wealth of experience on the international and domestic front. He is well aware of the club’s footballing philosophy and will provide us with strong leadership qualities and a renewed belief to compete at this level.
“It is never easy changing managers, but we are looking at a long-term appointment and we are confident Bob can settle us down and stabilize matters on and off the pitch.”
Guidolin staff of Diego Bortoluzzi, Gabrielle Ambrosetti, Claudio Bordon also were released, the club announced.
“We are obviously disappointed to part company with Francesco, Jenkins said in a statement. “We felt he deserved his opportunity after the work he did last season. Unfortunately we have not been able to carry performances over from last season and we felt we needed to change things as soon as possible in order to move forward in a positive way.
“We would like to thank Francesco and his staff for their services to the club and wish them well for the future."
One of the most successful coaches in U.S. soccer history, Bradley directed the Chicago Fire to the MLS Cup crown in its expansion season in 1998. He went on to guide the MetroStars from 2003 to 2005, Chivas USA and the U.S. national team from 2007 to 2011 before he was axed to make way for Jurgen Klinsmann.