It has been a rollercoaster season for Bob Bradley in charge of Norwegian Tippeligaen outfit Stabaek.
At the start of the season they were flying high but a few bad months have seen them sink down the table. However the first American coach to manage in the top flight of European soccer has his side back on the up. Last week they beat Norwegian giants Rosenborg 4-1 and on Sunday they came from 2-0 down to draw 2-2 at first-place Molde.
American Michael Stephens scored the opener, while on loan New York City FC midfielder Andrew Jacobson grabbed assists on both Stabaek goals. Bradley’s American evolution in Norway is taking shape.
However despite that dramatic comeback, another huge moment arrived for the former U.S. national team coach after the game as he joined Norwegian TV to dissect his teams performance.
Watch here as Bradley goes off on a Norwegian broadcaster who calls out Stabaek, who were trailing 2-0 at half time, and questioned Bradley’s tactics.
“I totally disagree,” Bradley said. “This is just a stupid comment…. To say that tactically the first half was a disaster, this is not even a good conversation.”
Go on, Bob.
Bradley’s Stabaek side currently sit ninth in the standings with 19 games gone of the 30 match Tippeligaen campaign. They are currently eight points above the relegation zone and are enjoying a fine first season back in the top-flight as many pundits predicted them to go straight back down after promotion.
Clearly Bradley is fired up, as the American coach continues to make a name for himself overseas following his two-year stint in charge of the Egyptian national team.