For anyone who said it wasn’t a big deal for Bob Bradley to become the first-ever American to coach in the Premier League, they were wrong.
Even Bob himself admits he was wrong about it.
[ LONGFORM: Bradley – “That’s Football” ]
After just 85 days in charge of Swansea City, the former head coach of the U.S. men’s national team was fired with the Swans staying in the relegation zone after gaining eight points from his 11 games in charge.
In a typically revealing piece with the Players’ Tribune, Bradley opens up about his philosophy and the challenges he faced when coaching in the Premier League at Swansea.
One of the main challenges was the fact that he was American.
Something we wrote about here at PST in the column above.
Below is a snippet from the excellent piece which you can read in full, here.
When I arrived home that night I received a message from the chairman: “Would you meet me at the academy?” When I got that message, I knew exactly what was happening.
As they say in the Premier League, I got the sack.
I failed. Failed to put my stamp on the team at Swansea. To give it a real identity. A real personality. I never managed to find the right balance between attack and defense. I couldn’t find the answers for this group to play with the commitment and passion that so many of my other teams possessed. We never found consistency or confidence.