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Bob Bradley Becomes Swansea City Manager

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Former USMNT boss Bob Bradley becomes Swansea City Manager

Swansea, United Kingdom – Former U.S. men’s national team manager Bob Bradley has agreed to become Swansea City manager, taking over Francesco Guidolin, several British media outlets have confirmed.

The 58-year-old Bradley will become the first American ever to manage a team in one of Europe’s top four leagues.

According to sources close to the deal, Bradley won the job ahead of former Manchester United legend Ryan Giggs and former Villarreal manager Marcelino, who were both interviewed by Swansea as well.

Bradley, who has been in charge at Le Havre in the French second division, came across impressively during the interview process, with his strength of character, experience and leadership qualities seen as key attributes.

“We are obviously disappointed to part company with Francesco,” said Swansea chairman Huw Jenkins. “We felt he deserved his opportunity after the work he did last season. Unfortunately we have not been able to carry performances over from last season and we felt we needed to change things as soon as possible in order to move forward in a positive way.

“We are delighted Bob has agreed to join us. He is highly regarded as a coach and has a wealth of experience on the international and domestic front. He is well aware of the club’s footballing philosophy and will provide us with strong leadership qualities and a renewed belief to compete at this level. It is never easy changing managers, but we are looking at a long-term appointment and we are confident Bob can settle us down and stabilize matters on and off the pitch.”

Bradley will inherit a Swansea side that sits 17th in the table, one spot outside the relegation zone only on goal difference.