Should Swansea fans be worried about Bob Bradley?

Bob Bradley

The American has over 30 years of managerial experience behind him, but does his record leave a fair bit to be desired?

Bob BradleyBob Bradley

Monday afternoon saw Swansea City announce the departure of Francesco Guidolin after less than 10 months in charge and in a swift and surprising move, announce the appointment of former United States coach Bob Bradley at the same time.

Bradley becomes the first American to manage in one Europe's top five leagues, no doubt helped by the club's American owners and the 58-year-old comes to England with the task of steering Swansea away from relegation, with just four points from their opening seven Premier League games.

Swansea chairman Huw Jenkins was glowing in his praise of Bradley, telling the club's website: “He is highly regarded as a coach and has a wealth of experience on the international and domestic front.

Swansea manager Francesco GuidolinSwansea manager Francesco Guidolin

“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."

But some Swans fans may be a little underwhelmed by the appointment of the former United States head coach after taking a glance at his managerial record.

 

Over the course of his 35 years as a manager, 30 of them have been spent in the USA, with spells as Egypt coach, Stabaek manager in Norway and at French side Le Havre within the last five years.

With the biggest job of his career being in charge of the US men's team from 2006 to 2011, his record doesn't make him the big-name manager Swansea fans may have wanted and with the reputation of football in the United States still criticised for lacking some quality, Bradley faces a bit of a challenge to win over some sections of supporters.

On the other hand, his record since 2006 has been very good, with a 53.75% win percentage as United States head coach, 66.67% as Egypt's coach, 52.78% in charge of Stabaek and winning 15 of his 33 games in charge of Le Havre who just missed out on promotion to Ligue 1 last season, prior to his final game on Monday night against Sochaux.

The Premier League can be unforgiving to newcomers but if anyone deserves the chance to test its waters, it's certainly Bob Bradley and his vast CV of clubs in and out of the United States

Bob BradleyBob Bradley during his time as Egypt coach

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