Stabaek chief Lars Hjorth confirms Bob Bradley is allowed to join Sunderland

Sunderland are reportedly keen on hiring Bob Bradley as head coach.

Bradley is said to be Sunderland’s main target for the role of head coach at the Stadium of Light, and Stabaek chief executive Lars Hjorth has told talkSPORT that the USA coach will be free to move to Wearside if he is approached.

Hjorth said: “Bob is allowed to speak with anybody if he wants. That is the contract he made with us when he came to Stabaek. We haven’t had an approach yet, but it Bob got an offer from a club in the Premier League, we would be very happy for him.”

Sunderland are on the lookout for a new boss after seeing Dick Advocaat leave Wearside at the weekend, and Bradley certainly has the credentials to take the role.

He was USA head coach for five years, taking them to the 2010 World Cup second round, and is currently in charge of Norwegian side Stabaek.

He has taken the minnows from the brink of relegation to becoming one of the best teams in the country, with a 52.7% win ration with the club.

This ability to prevent a likely relegation will appeal to Sunderland, who curetnluy sit in the relegation places after eight games - with just three points and no wins this season.

Stabaek will not stand in the way of Bradley if Sunderland move for him, and reports have suggested that is likely. The Mirror claimed last night that the American boss was set to enter in discussions with the Black Cats concerning the role very soon.

Whoever takes charge on Wearside faces a tough job this season, but Bradley looks to have all the required skills to fulfil the role of keeping them in the Premier League.

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