The Stabaek manager will not be joining Aston Villa as their new director of football, according to agent Ron Waxman.
Bob Bradley’s agent has taken to Twitter to quash reports linking the former US national team head coach with Aston Villa’s newly-created director of football role.
ESPN FC previously claimed on Tuesday afternoon that Bradley had been earmarked as a potential candidate for the position, with Villa in search of a senior figure to help boss Tim Sherwood as part of a new-look management setup at the club.
Owner Randy Lerner and chief executive Tom Fox are said to be keen admirers of their fellow American, who is currently managing Norwegian side Stabaek, but, according to agent Ron Waxman, there is "absolutely no truth" to the rumours.
There is absolutely no truth to the #ESPN report that Bob Bradley is a candidate for the Director of Football position at Aston Villa.— Ron Waxman (@RonWaxman) March 3, 2015
Bradley in fact declared his interest in the Villa manager’s job back in 2010 following Martin’s O’Neill’s sudden exit, but soon ruled himself out of the running after agreeing to a contract extension with the US soccer federation.
The New Jersey-native achieved various milestones during his time in charge of the stars and stripes, guiding his side to the 2010 World Cup’s last-16 as group winners over England, the 2007 Gold Cup title and the 2009 Confederations Cup final, before being relieved of his duties in July 2011.
Going on to lead Egypt to the brink of 2014 World Cup qualification despite the political unset following the revolution of 2011, he has since been working miracles with unfancied Stabaek, helping the relegation favourites achieve top-flight survival with a mid-table finish in his first season in charge.
A former MLS Cup-winning head coach with the Chicago Fire, his success in Norway saw him linked to Danish champions Aalborg last month, per national newspaper BT, with the report even claiming that the two parties had interviewed.