With speculation starting to mount concerning the first head coach of Los Angeles Football Club, comes a report that will likely be music to many ears.
Sports Illustrated’s Grant Wahl reported on Wednesday that LAFC are among the potential suitors for Bob Bradley, currently coaching Le Havre in Ligue 2. Bradley, of course, has MLS experience, having led several teams prior to joining Chivas USA in 2006, before being appointed U.S Men’s National Team boss at the end of that year.
Since then, Bradley has coached the Egyptian national team, Stabaek in Norway and now Le Havre. He’s made no secret of his desire to coach in a top European league, and here’s where that may or may not produce a wrinkle for LAFC: Bradley is also being linked to the Swansea City job in the Premier League, with Francesco Guidolin still in a job but apparently on borrowed time.
So if the interest on both sides is genuine, Bradley could conceivably have a choice between jumping in on a very demanding but unprecedented job among American coaches in one of the world’s best leagues right away, or work on a longer term project that would begin in earnest in about 12 months in a league where he has found previous success. An optimistic cynic (I know that’s an oxymoron, let’s just go with it) could see him as potentially working both jobs, if he’s hired by Swansea but it doesn’t ultimately work out in the next year, before turning to LAFC.
Still, if the Swansea interest is genuine, one has to think Bradley would take that in a heartbeat. It could be a fork in the road moment for his career, or he might have the perfect opportunity to mold a brand new MLS expansion team, if he’s energized by that prospect. Either way, we’ll have to stay tuned on this and any other LAFC coaching rumors.
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