Bob Bradley’s first year at Stabaek was a success; The American coach kept the Norwegian club up despite fears of relegation and went deep into the domestic cup tournament.
And it’s little surprise that the former USMNT and Egypt coach has become a more attractive candidate after some success in club soccer. After all, he had been coaching international soccer since leaving Chivas USA in 2006.
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So Swedish club IFK Goteborg came calling for Bradley, and he reportedly was interested in the gig. The former European finalists are perceivably a step-up from Stabaek, which Bradley recently called “a selling club”.
But MLSSoccer.com reports that talks broke down when Goteborg refused to let Bradley bring assistant Tomasz Kaczmarek with him.
The longtime United States national team head coach and former Egypt boss has one year left on his contract with the Tippeligaen side, but recently revealed he has received interest from clubs across Europe since league play ended on Nov. 9.
Meanwhile, Stabæk chairman Espen Moe has declared that he will continue to fight off any suitors in order to keep hold of the first American ever to coach a top flight European club.
“We have lived with rumors surrounding Bradley since day one,” Moe told Budstikka on Monday. “We have a good dialogue with Bradley and feel confident that he will continue in the team next season.”
No surprise, considering Bradley’s been referred to as “the best coach that’s ever been” at his Norwegian club. And to have success at a club like Goteborg, which will be in the Europa League next season, would be a big step for Bradley’s career. We’ll be following who else comes calling for the Princeton man.