Premier League side Swansea City announced on Monday they had fired manager Francesco Guidolin and have hired Bob Bradley to replace him. Bradley is the first American to not only coach in the Premier League, but in any of Europe’s major first divisions, so it’s a momentous day.
Of course, it also throws some cold water on the links between him and MLS expansion side Los Angeles Football Club, who will enter the league in 2018. A report emerged last month that LAFC were interested in him, at the same time as Swansea City, owned by an American consortium who recently took over the club. While we noted at the time that the choice between a Premier League job that would begin immediately and an MLS expansion team that has more than a year before starting play, for a manager who has repeatedly expressed ambition in coaching in a major European league, was obvious. And so it turned out to be. We also noted the cynical view, that it’s still more than a year before LAFC opens training camp and therefore it is theoretically possible Bradley could coach Swansea and LAFC, given the high turnover in the Premier League.
One note to add in the mix: Will Parchman’s column over at Top Drawer Soccer on Monday indicated Bradley’s increased interest in returning to the United States before taking the Swansea job. According to his reporting, Bradley will likely be headed to MLS sooner than later, although I guess if he performs something miraculous and gets Swansea in the Champions League then all that might go out the window.
So congratulations to Bradley for his appointment, and best of luck to him in Wales. As for what that means for the LAFC head coaching quest, stay tuned.
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