Bob Bradley’s hiring by Swansea City was cheered in the United States. While American players had broken through in Europe and could be found in many of the top leagues across the pond, the same wasn’t true of managers. No American had ever been in charge of a team from one of Europe’s top five leagues. But Bradley had finally made it.
Unfortunately, Bradley only “made it” for 11 matches. On Tuesday, he was fired by Swansea, ending the second-shortest managerial tenure in Premier League history.
Just as Bradley’s hiring made people question, “what does this mean for American managers?”, his firing begs the same question. What’s next for American managers?
There is no question it is a massive blow, but not so much because the next American manager won’t get a chance. It’s because there isn’t another American manager really in the mix.
Bradley didn’t get his chance at Swansea coming from MLS or even the United States. He tried to, and it didn’t work. He had to go manage Egypt, then Stabaek, then Le Havre. Only then, after time in Africa, Norway and the French second division did he finally get his chance in a major European league. Bradley had to prove himself in (and near) Europe to
Article source: http://www.foxsports.com/soccer/story/bob-bradley-swansea-manager-americans-premier-league-122716
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