Jurgen Klinsmann is pretty happy that Bob Bradley has landed in the Premier League.
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Klinsmann took over from Bradley as the head coach of the U.S. national team in 2011 and has heaped praise on his predecessor after Bradley became the first-ever American coach in the Premier League, or any of Europe’s traditional top five leagues.
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The German coach called the decision “fantastic” and believes this could open the doors for many other talented U.S. coaches to move to Europe’s biggest leagues in the future.
Speaking to reporters in Miami ahead of the USA’s friendly against Cuba on Friday, Klinsmann hailed the decision by Swansea to hire Bradley.
“There are plenty of very, very good American coaches that can coach overseas, so no doubt about it. In Bob’s case he’s so experienced,” Klinsmann said. “He went the tough route. The places he coached after the [U.S.] national team has been impressive. He didn’t shy away from different cultures, different countries, different languages, different approaches. He deserves that chance.”
After going overseas following his six-year spell in charge of the U.S. national team, Bradley has done all the hard work to get this opportunity from Swansea’s new American owners Jason Levien and Steve Kaplan.
From coaching Egypt in 2011-13 and taking them to the brink of the World Cup to taking tiny Stabaek from a newly-promoted side in Norway’s top-flight to Europa League qualification, Bradley has put in the hard graft to earn his chance.
Even Klinsmann, the man who replaced Bradley as the USMNT coach admits this is no more than he deserves. Hear, hear.