With his first season as a club manager in Europe in the books, all in all, it was a very successful start to life at Stabaek for Bob Bradley.
The former U.S. national team coach became the first-ever American to manage a top-flight team in Europe when he took charge of the Norwegian minnows and in their first season since promotion to Norway’s Tippeligaen Bradley guided his team to a ninth place finish out of 16 teams.
Not bad considering every pundit in the country had picked Stabaek to finish rock bottom at the start of the campaign. After a run to the Norwegian cup semifinal — they went out to eventual winners Molde who were also the runaway winners of Tippeligaen — and finishing a comfortable 15 points above the automatic relegation zone, s
Speaking to ProSoccerTalk on the phone from Norway, Bradley is pleased with how things panned out for his young squad.
“First and foremost it was important to stay up. I think we gained a lot of respect,” Bradley said. “We played good football, had a very positive approach and the young guys got better. In many cases I would run into coaches and even players from other teams and people were really positive about the way things went. There’s a good part to all that, but of course the fact that you still want to get better.”
The key to Stabaek’s success was hard work and overcoming adversity as a tough stretch arrived during the middle of the season. A summer break meant 56-year-old Bradley could make plans to kick on in the second half of the season, and Stabaek did just that.
“In this kind of situation you have to realize that nothing is going to be given to you, so you have to make sure everyone is on board,” Bradley explained. “After the first 10 games we had a critical period. We had some players we knew would be leaving, we were coming up to the break and had some tough results. Our goalkeeper Sayouba Mande went to the World Cup with the Ivory Coast and we had a young back up come in, so we had this tough stretch and I remember reminding the guys that ‘it’s not like we were a different team than we were a few weeks ago.’ A lot of people expected us to drop off at that point, but we managed it in a really good way. We added players in the summer window and actually had more experience in the second half of the season.”
After spending the last seven years in charge of the USA and Egypt, how has a return to club management been for Bradley, and how did he adapt to the differences in managing a side in Europe as opposed to MLS?
“There are parts of being in Europe that are different. In Norway with a 16 team league there are a traditional 30 fixtures and cup games. Then you don’t play on international breaks. That part works well and enjoyed that,” Bradley said. “Also, the work with the sporting director to constantly address needs in the team in the transfer windows. Obviously a lot of that is slightly different than MLS for example, but still the overall concept of how we work everyday and finding out how we get better, that part is not different. I’ve always enjoyed that part, even when I was with the U.S. and Egypt. Even with the national teams, that day to day work is somewhat easier at the club level, but it would still happen with the national team.”
So, what’s next? Well, he has a two-year deal at Stabaek and still feels very strongly about the job he has to do with the club from Oslo’s western suburbs until his deal runs out at the end of the 2015 season.
“There was some attention from other clubs in different places across Europe,” Bradley said. “I’ve lost count this year of how many coaches from across Norway who have turned up this year to observe training. I have done some things with the Norwegian FA that have been well received. There was a seminar at the cup final and I was on a panel and I also did a training session. I came here [Stabaek] with the objective that this was a two-year project and I expect to be here next year. But, that’s football, and when there are opportunities for discussions you go into it and try to size up everything and the other side size you up too. I definitely have the feeling that there is still work to be done here.”
There have been opportunities to move on given his great first season with Stabaek, as Bradley confirmed reports that he had spoken with Swedish club IFK Goteborg but talks broke down as he couldn’t agree on his backroom staff.
“It was leaked from the other side, I’m not sure who or why, but it became big news here in Norway. At a certain point there was some discussions and during the process I was very strong how I felt things needed to be done in order to be successful,” Bradley explained. “That included the ability to bring one coach with me. Whether that be Tomak or Pierre, my ideas was to work with someone who knows what I want. Whenever I get the chance to speak with these clubs, I am very firm on how that part needs to be. That’s done with an understanding that in most of these situations you are not going to bring in a whole staff. I’ve had a great experience this season with Jan Peder Jalland who has been tremendous in everything here. But nonetheless I was firm that I needed to have the ability to bring one person and at a certain point I was told that wasn’t possible. So, that was the end of that discussion.”
Speaking to Stabaek’s Sporting Director Inge Andre Olsen during a recent trip to Norway for my Sportsworld exclusive, he spoke about Bradley moving on.
“I hope that will happen. That is the purpose of bringing Bob here,” Olsen said,. “All the knowledge he has, we need to take care of it, store it and use it every day. We know that Bob at one time will go to a bigger club, he is already on a different level than the Tippeligaen level. Way above it. We will be really happy if Bob can get a good club in Spain, France, Germany, England, then we can say we did a good job with Bob as well. That’s what Stabæk is about, we want to develop good players and good coaches.”
With Bradley looking increasingly likely to remain with Stabaek as things stand, plans are already being made for next season as the squad return to training just a few days into January. As for Bob, he is flying back to the U.S. to spend some quality time with his family before the 2015 season begins… but will still have his ear to the ground in Oslo.
“We start quickly, we start on January 5. It is a long preseason but that is the way it works in Norway. We had meetings with players and trained for 10 days after the season ended,” Bradley said. “Now everybody is off, I’ve still been around here everyday as we organize ourselves. Next week I am heading back to the USA and I am really excited to see the family, Michael and Amanda now have a little girl to go with Luca so we are excited to see our granddaughter. I am looking forward to seeing my Mom and Dad, my brothers and my daughters, so this part is really important. But while I am there I will stay in touch with the people at Stabaek to make sure we are on top of things.”
Those questions will be answered from August 2022 to May 2023, with the full list of Premier League fixtures.
While below are the answers to all of the questions you have around the Premier League fixtures and everything else you need to know for the upcoming season, with full details on the Premier League TV schedule across the NBC family of channels and more.
The Premier League fixtures for the 2022-23 season were announced on Thursday June 16, 2022 at 4am ET. Below is the full schedule, as you can watch all 380 games across our NBC platforms.
The Premier League fixture computer decides who plays who and when, as teams located close to one another are usually playing at home on opposite weekends to help with policing, crowd control and transport congestion in those areas.
When will the Premier League take a break for the 2022 World Cup?
When will the 2022-23 Premier League season finish?
The final day of the season will be on Sunday, May 28, 2023.
Which teams will compete in the 2022-23 Premier League?
These are the 20 teams which will compete in the Premier League for the upcoming season:
Arsenal, Aston Villa, Bournemouth, Brentford, Brighton and Hove Albion, Chelsea, Crystal Palace, Everton, Fulham, Leeds United, Leicester City, Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United, Newcastle United, Nottingham Forest, Southampton, Tottenham Hotspur, West Ham United, Wolverhampton Wanderers
2:45pm: AFC Bournemouth v Brighton
2:45pm: Leeds v Nottingham Forest
2:45pm: Leicester vs Aston Villa
3pm: Chelsea vs Liverpool
Wednesday 5 April
3pm: Man United v Brentford
3pm: West Ham v Newcastle
Saturday 8 April
7:30am: Man Utd v Everton
Aston Villa v Nottingham Forest
Brentford v Newcastle
Fulham v West Ham
Leicester v AFC Bournemouth
Spurs v Brighton
Wolves v Chelsea
12:30pm: Southampton v Man City
Sunday 9 April
9am: Leeds v Crystal Palace
11:30am: Liverpool v Arsenal
Saturday 15 April
7:30am: Aston Villa v Newcastle
Chelsea v Brighton
Everton v Fulham
Southampton v Crystal Palace
Spurs v AFC Bournemouth
Wolves v Brentford
12:30pm: Man City v Leicester
Sunday 16 April
9am: West Ham v Arsenal
11:30am: Nottingham Forest v Man Utd
Monday 17 April
3pm: Leeds v Liverpool
Friday 21 April
3pm: Arsenal v Southampton
Saturday 22 April
7:30am: Fulham v Leeds
Brentford v Aston Villa
Crystal Palace v Everton
Leicester v Wolves
Liverpool v Nottingham Forest
Sunday 23 April
9am: AFC Bournemouth v West Ham
9am: Newcastle v Spurs
Postponed due to European action
Man Utd v Chelsea
Brighton v Man City
Tuesday 25 April
2:30pm: Wolves v Crystal Palace
2:45pm: Aston Villa v Fulham
2:45pm: Leeds v Leicester
Wednesday 26 April
2:30pm: Nottingham Forest v Brighton
2:45pm: Chelsea v Brentford
2:45pm: West Ham v Liverpool
3pm: Man City v Arsenal
Thursday 27 April
2:45pm: Everton v Newcastle
2:45pm: Southampton v AFC Bournemouth
3:15pm: Spurs v Man Utd
Saturday 29 April
7:30am: Crystal Palace v West Ham
Brentford v Nottingham Forest
Brighton v Wolves
12:30pm: Arsenal v Chelsea
Sunday 30 April
9am: AFC Bournemouth v Leeds
9am: Fulham v Man City
9am: Man Utd v Aston Villa
9am: Newcastle v Southampton
11:30am: Liverpool v Spurs
Monday 1 May
3pm: Leicester v Everton
Wednesday 3 May
3pm: Liverpool v Fulham
3pm: Man City v West Ham
Thursday 4 May
3pm: Brighton v Man Utd
Saturday 6 May
AFC Bournemouth v Chelsea
Spurs v Crystal Palace
Wolves v Aston Villa
12:30pm: Liverpool v Brentford
Sunday 7 May
9am: Man City v Leeds* subject to possible Champions League schedule
11:30am: Newcastle v Arsenal
2pm: West Ham v Man Utd
Monday 8 May
10am: Fulham v Leicester
12:30pm: Brighton v Everton
3pm: Nottingham Forest v Southampton
Saturday 13 May
Arsenal v Brighton
Aston Villa v Spurs
Brentford v West Ham
Chelsea v Nottingham Forest
Crystal Palace v AFC Bournemouth
Everton v Man City
Leeds v Newcastle
Leicester v Liverpool
Man Utd v Wolves
Southampton v Fulham
Saturday 20 May
AFC Bournemouth v Man Utd
Brighton v Southampton
Fulham v Crystal Palace
Liverpool v Aston Villa
Man City v Chelsea
Newcastle v Leicester
Nottingham Forest v Arsenal
Spurs v Brentford
West Ham v Leeds
Wolves v Everton
Sunday 28 May
16:00 Arsenal v Wolves
16:00 Aston Villa v Brighton
16:00 Brentford v Man City
16:00 Chelsea v Newcastle
16:00 Crystal Palace v Nottingham Forest
16:00 Everton v AFC Bournemouth
16:00 Leeds v Spurs
16:00 Leicester v West Ham
16:00 Man Utd v Fulham
16:00 Southampton v Liverpool
How are the Hammers in this situation? Well, they’ve won just two of their last 14 Premier League games and the pressure is mounting on David Moyes as his side sit in the relegation zone with 12 games of the season to go following their 1-1 draw at home to Aston Villa last time out in the league. They have won all eight of their UEFA Conference League games as they’ve reached the quarterfinal (they play Belgian side Gent in the last eight) but their league form has suffered badly. Five of their six Premier League wins this season have come at home though, so they will be hoping the home fans get behind them early on in this one.
As for Southampton, well, they are scrapping. Interim head coach Ruben Selles saw his side fight back from 3-1 down to draw 3-3 late on against Tottenham last time out and that draw felt like a win. Can Saints keep the positive momentum going? They have become better defensively but time is running out and although they are just two points from safety they have played at least one more game than all of the teams around them. They have a tough remaining schedule but have fared well against the big boys this season and they drew with West Ham in the return game back in October as this looks like a very even matchup.
How to watch West Ham vs Southampton live, stream link and start time
Kick off: 9am ET, Sunday TV Channel: USA Network Online: Stream via NBCSports.com
Key storylines & in-form players to watch
Declan Rice is the main man for West Ham and he is doing his best to dig in and drive them forward. Other than that, Michail Antonio, Jarrod Bowen, Gianluca Scamacca and Danny Ings all need to find some form, and fast, if they’re going to drag West Ham up the table and away from this relegation battle they were never supposed to be anywhere near.
Southampton’s main man James Ward-Prowse is also dragging Saints through games and an unlikely resurgence from the fit-again Theo Walcott has played a big role in them picking up plenty of points since Selles took charge. The young duo of Romeo Lavia and Armel Bella-Kotchap continue to progress nicely in midfield and defense respectively and Saints now feel like they have a chance of getting out of the bottom three.
West Ham team news, injuries, lineup options
QUESTIONABLE: Lukasz Fabianski (face), Michail Antonio (calf), Vladimir Coufal (foot), Emerson (illness), Nayef Aguerd (hip), Gianluca Scamacca (knee)
Southampton team news, injuries, lineup options
OUT: Juan Larios (thigh), Armel Bella-Kotchap (shoulder), Valentino Livramento (hamstring) | QUESTIONABLE: Che Adams (calf), Mohammed Salisu (knock)
Arsenal restores its 8-point title lead over Manchester City, who battered Liverpool 4-1 earlier Saturday and holds a match-in-hand on the Gunners.
Leeds was coming off a feisty but fortunate 4-2 win over Wolves that it took it clear of the bottom three, and boss Javi Gracia’s lineup seemingly prioritized the side’s upcoming matches with Nottingham Forest and Crystal Palace this week by keeping Rodrigo, Weston McKennie, Georginio Rutter, and Patrick Bamford on the bench.
Leeds’ 26 points are currently good enough for 16th with one more point than 18th-place Leicester City.
Gabriel Jesus reminding Premier League of his, Arsenal’s class
We could write about Leeds’ choice of lineup but it doesn’t really matter if Gabriel Jesus is going to continue to look nothing like a man who missed months of Arsenal’s title campaign.
The ex-Man City man is proving the reason the Gunners might just roll past his former club for a Premier League title even if they lose their head-to-head meeting with City in a few weeks.
Jesus won a penalty and then worked a oh-so-pretty extended give-and-go — it wasn’t quite a 1-2 — with Leandro Trossard to make it 3-0 on a day that was only going to go one way despite Leeds’ opening half-hour (or so) of good fight.
Almost everyone starred Saturday as the absence of William Saliba didn’t matter much for at least one day. We’ll see what happens against Liverpool next weekend.
Arsenal vs Leeds player ratings: Stars of the Show
Arsenal goes to Liverpool at 11:30am ET April 9 (next Sunday), while Leeds hosts Nottingham Forest on Tuesday before Palace arrives on April 9. Huge week for Leeds.
Gabriel Jesus goal video: Brazilian converts pen after silly Ayling challenge
Ben White goal video: Defender belts Martinelli cross home
Gabriel Jesus goal video: Clever give-and-go with Trossard
Rasmus Kristensen goal video: Deflected strike pulls one back
Granit Xhaka goal video: One more for the leaders
How to watch Arsenal vs Leeds live, stream link and start time
Kick off: 10am ET, Saturday TV Channel: USA Network Online:Stream via NBCSports.com
Key storylines & star players
For Arsenal, it’s going to continue to be a feast of talent in attacking positions as Bukayo Saka and Martin Odegaard are in the Premier League Player of the Year conversation and Gabriel Martinelli isn’t too far off. Perhaps Gabriel Jesus would be there, too, if he didn’t miss such a long stretch of time with injury but he’s fit and firing and Leeds has reason to worry about its back line. Leeds would love to see Maximillian Wober and Tyler Adams available but they are not and it will be incumbent about the attackers to make up for their absences. Weston McKennie and Marc Roca will be under the microscope today.
Arsenal team news, injuries, lineup options
OUT: William Saliba (lower back), Mohamed Elneny (knee), Eddie Nketiah (ankle), Takehiro Tomiyasu (knee)
🔴 𝗧𝗘𝗔𝗠𝙉𝙀𝙒𝙎 ⚪️
🧱 Holding at the back 🤩 Trossard on the wing ⚡ Gabby leads the line
Who’s looking like title contenders and/or favorites?
As we head into the final months of the 2022-23 season, Arsenal and Manchester City are looking head and shoulders above the rest and although Manchester United briefly surged into the picture, they look more likely to cement their spot as the third best team in the Premier League.
Uneven Tottenham are hanging in the top four battle and for the moment have hunted down Newcastle, while Liverpool is back in the Champions League picture after their return to form and Chelsea looks like a top six finish is their ceiling. For now.
Surprising Fulham, Brentford, and Brighton are all hanging around on the periphery with fine campaigns. Can one of them surprise and qualify for Europe?
Who are the candidates for relegation?
Southampton, West Ham, and Leicester City currently occupy the relegation places but that keeps changing all the time and it is so tight at the bottom of the table.
Nottingham Forest, Bournemouth, Wolves, Leeds, and Everton all find themselves within a few points of the bottom three as the race to stay in the Premier League intensifies. This could be the craziest relegation scrap in Premier League history.
Below you will find the latest Premier League table.