Former United States national team manager Bob Bradley needs back in the managing game. He deserves to be back in the game, having done admirable work with the U.S. position and having come so close to getting Egypt into next year’s World Cup.
There was a time when Bradley’s name would come up for big jobs in England. Perhaps it will again, with Tottenham now on the hunt for Andre Villas-Boas’ replacement. (We’ll take Bob Bradley in his track suits over Fabio Capello, being linked in numerous spots as a potential replacement at White Hart Lane, and his designer eyewear anytime!)
ESPN’s Roger Bennett, in a timely bit of Twitter work, reminded everyone over the weekend that Bradley was once interviewed for the managing vacancy at West Brom. Well, the “Vacancy” sign has been hung at West Brom once again with Steve Clarke assigned to gardening leave. (Seriously, wouldn’t it be more dignified to just say someone was “dismissed” as opposed to whatever legalese is attached to this unbecoming “gardening leave” bit?)
He was apparently not interested in helping the Vancouver Whitecaps find their way; we visited about that last week.
Bradley wants to coach in Europe (perhaps blazing a path for Jason Kreis, who is now on track to do so, now with a direct “in” through his association with Manchester City). The man is 55, an age that deciders in Europe might consider young enough to have the energy, patience and flexibility to handle a demanding position.
That makes his next move so critical. Because three or four years later, as he creeps up on 60, views on that may change.
Bradley wants to be in Europe. This looks like his best chance – let’s hope he gets there.
(Then again, ownership in Orlando City could do a lot worse in a guy assigned to manage their early days in MLS, eh? And wouldn’t that be interesting for the rest of us to watch?)