Bob Bradly, the first American coach to lead a Premier League club, was fired by Swansea on Tuesday. He was relieved of his duties as manager after 11 games.
Image: Bob Bradley
Bradley’s controversial sack has sparked criticisms among football analysts who believe too much was expected from him in just 11 games.
Swansea lost 4-1 to West Ham on 26 December, and the former Chicago Fire manager was sacked barely 24 hours later.
“There’s no doubt Bob Bradley would have improved Swansea given time. In the short term Bob’s remit was to get points. Screams Aston Villa.”
— Joe Prince-Wright (@JPW_NBCSports) December 27, 2016
Swansea are currently 19th in the English Premier League table, and the club’s management needed a messiah to get them out of relegation. Sadly, things didn’t change much with the American as head coach.
Bradley was blamed for conceding too many goals and never making efforts to improve the relegation-threatened team. He was hired as a coach with proven records and an effective management skill, but even his strong work ethic couldn’t save the Swans.
Critics say he neither used the same squad nor played with one formation. The coach never played in back-to-back games with the same striker or central defender.
Bradley’s “weird” decision to field two strikers – Borja Baston and Fernando Llorente – against a formidable Manchester United side was seen as a huge mistake, especially when both players have spent more time on the sidelines as unused substitutes.
Worse still, the club sold two of their best players – Andre Ayew and Ashley Williams, buying only Baston during last summer’s transfer window.
Image shows Swansea players in a bad mood after losing 5-0 to Chelsea.
However, Bradley supporters believe he was not given enough time to overhaul the squad.
Swansea are rumored to be interested in hiring Ryan Giggs as new coach notwithstanding his inexperience.
“Bottom line is, if Bradley was the right man for the job 11 matches ago, he’s probably still the right man now, and you could probably make the same argument for Guidolin before him,” NBC Sports’ Kyle Bonn argues.
“It’s clear the Swansea board has lost its way, and the club will pay the exorbitant price.”
The 58-year-old who led U.S. to the 2014 World Cup tournament in South Africa granted Pro Soccer Talk an interview, saying he’s disappointed but not surprised.
Image: Bob Bradly
In his words: “I knew exactly what I was getting into when I came to Swansea and realized the hardest part was always going to be getting points in the short run. But I believe in myself and I believe in going for it. That’s what I’ve always told my players.
“Football can be cruel and to have a chance you have to be strong,” the coach who managed Egypt between September 2011-November 2013 said.
“I wish Swansea the best and look forward to my next challenge.”