Amer­i­can Bradley re­places Guidolin as Swansea boss

The Star (Kenya) - - Sports -

Bob Bradley (pic­tured) will be­come the first Amer­i­can to man­age a Premier League team af­ter Swansea City hired the 58-year-old to re­place Ital­ian Francesco Guidolin on Mon­day.

Guidolin’s fu­ture has been in doubt af­ter a poor start to the sea­son which con­tin­ued on Satur­day with a 2-1 home de­feat by Liver­pool that left Swansea fourth bot­tom of the ta­ble.

The Amer­i­can-owned club an­nounced on their web­site that Guidolin, who joined in Jan­uary fol­low­ing the sack­ing of Garry Monk, had left and that the for­mer U.S. na­tional coach would take over.

Bradley will take charge of French club Le Havre for the fi­nal time on Mon­day when they take on Sochaux.

“We are ob­vi­ously dis­ap­pointed to part com­pany with Francesco,” Swansea chair­man Huw Jenkins said.

“We felt he de­served his op­por­tu­nity af­ter the work he did last sea­son. Un­for­tu­nately we have not been able to carry per­for­mances over from last sea­son and we felt we needed to change things as soon as pos­si­ble in or­der to move for­ward.”

Bradley is a vastly-ex­pe­ri­enced coach who man­aged in the MLS with Chicago Fire and MetroS­tars be­fore be­com­ing U.S. coach from 2006-11. He also had a spell in charge of Egypt.

“We are de­lighted Bob has agreed to join us,” Jenkins said.

“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.

“It is never easy chang­ing man­agers, but we are look­ing at a long-term ap­point­ment and we are con­fi­dent Bob can set­tle us down and sta­bilise mat­ters on and off the pitch.”

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