Goalkeeper Tim Howard is one of the few Americans who’ve spent a good deal of time both playing in the Premier League and for Bob Bradley, and thinks his old boss has that rare ability to benefit his players in good times and bad (like the Gold Cup loss above).
The Colorado Rapids and USMNT backstop is the latest to weigh in on Bradley’s hiring with Swansea City, speaking at length about his old coach during an interview with Goal.
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There are several pearls from the erudite goalkeeper, but this one stood out to us (apart from his “it’s about time” comment in regards to an American manager in the Premier League).
“He’s very demanding,” Howard said. “He expects certain levels of performance and certain levels of responsibility and leadership with his teams. He doesn’t hide that fact. Having said that, he’s human. He’s a father, and a grandfather and a husband. He’s all these really compassionate things and he does treat his players as such. He genuinely cares about his players.
“I don’t know how he does it, but he somehow finds that balance of being really, really tough on his teams and pushes them, while also being able to put an arm around his players.”
That’s the part that gets us, that ability to relate to people while maintaining authority. It seems simple, but clearly so few people possess the ability to successfully navigate both sides of the line.