August 23, 2010
But Bradley tells BBC he would be 'honored' to talk to Villa owner Lerner
U.S. national coach Bob Bradley hasn't had direct contact yet with Aston Villa owner Randy Lerner, but he told BBC Radio on Sunday that he would be "honored" to talk to the Brooklyn, N.Y. native who also owns the NFLís Cleveland Browns.
|Bob Bradley: "Following the World Cup there have been some discussions with U,S. Soccer about what the future holds and we will continue those discussions in the next few weeks and we will see what happens."
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Bradley has been mentioned as a serious contender to take as coach of the English Premier League coaching job.
"I'd be honored to have a conversation with Randy Lerner," Bradley told BBC Radio 5 live's Sportsweek on Sunday. "I've had no contact with him. There have been talks with my representatives to find out the situation."
Bradley, a former Chivas USA, Chicago Fire, MetroStars and Princeton coach, directed the U.S. to the second round in the World Cup in South Africa.
Martin O'Neill left Villa only days before the start of the new season after he reportedly had disagreements over transfer policy and the sale of midfielder James Milner to Manchester City.
Bradley's contract with the National Team runs through Dec. 31.
"Following the World Cup there have been some discussions with U,S. Soccer about what the future holds and we will continue those discussions in the next few weeks and we will see what happens," Bradley told the BBC.
"I think that there are challenges on both sides. I have always been excited by the possibility of being a manager in Europe, but we're proud of the work we have put in with the US team and it's important to see that as a challenge."
Villa was trounced by Newcastle United this past weekend, 6-0, as reserve team manager Kevin MacDonald has been the caretaker coach.