Bradley on joining Swansea: “Special opportunity for me, American football”
Bob Bradley has spoken for the first time about joining Swansea City.
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Bradley, 58, is expected in Wales in Tuesday for his first day as a Premier League manager after agreeing to take charge of the Swans on Monday.
On Monday he managed his final game for Ligue 2 side Le Havre as they beat Sochaux 2-1 to move to just three points off top spot as Bradley leaves the Normandy club in a healthy position in their battle to gain promotion to France’s top-flight.
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Speaking to French media following Le Havre’s win, Bradley revealed that it was not a tough decision to leave the French second-tier side for PL strugglers Swansea.
That last part resonates strongly with most in the American game, but particularly Bradley.
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When ProSoccerTalk spoke to Bradley in 2014 about the lack of respect for American coaches in Europe’s top four leagues and how many, including himself, were overlooked time and time again, Bradley had this response.
Bradley now has a chance to not only prove himself at the elite level, something he’s worked tirelessly for, but also to open doors for other American coaches in Europe’s top leagues. That’s something he will be acutely aware of despite staying focused on the challenge in hand at Swansea.
His first game in charge of Swansea -- who currently sit in 17th place in the table with four points from their opening seven games -- is away at Arsenal on Oct. 15 (Watch live, 10 a.m. ET online via NBC Sports).