Sunderland are apparently ready to approach former USA international coach Bradley, according to the Mirror, but former Arsenal hero Ray Parlour has told talkSPORT that hiring the Stabaek boss would be a gamble.
Parlour said: “It’s a massive decision they’ve got to make there Sunderland. You’re gambling with people like Bob Bradley, he’s done well there [Stabaek], but he doesn’t know the Premier League. He doesn’t know what to do to get the best out the players. I just think if Sam Allardyce is available, he would be perfect for Sunderland.”
Bradley was a surprising name when the reports started coming out concerning Sunderland’s interest in hiring him.
He is experienced, and has enjoyed success with both the USA and Stabaek - who he has taken from the brink of relegation to one of the biggest teams in the Norwegian top division.
However, Parlour believes that hiring the 57-year-old would be a risk - due to his lack of Premier League experience.
This is certainly a worry, but it is the same lack of experience that all of Sunderland’s recent managers have had, but they have all kept the Black Cats in the top flight.
However, Parlour does not sound keen on Sunderland bringing in the American coach, and believes that former West Ham and Newcastle boss Sam Allardyce would be the perfect option for the Wearside club to look at - if he is available.
The ex-Hammers and Magpies manager is also a reported target, according to the same Mirror article, although there are doubts about whether he wants to get back into management yet, considering he only left West Ham at the end of last season.
Clearly Parlour feels he is the best option to take the job, and although Bradley looks most likely, it is hard to disagree with the potential appointment of Allardyce, as he would bring almost guaranteed Premier League survival.