Bradley lands EPL job at Swansea

Daily Local News (West Chester, PA) - - SPORTS - By Rob Har­ris

LON­DON >> Bob Bradley per­se­vered in Egypt through a vi­o­lent up­ris­ing, ex­celed in Nor­way with lim­ited re­sources and dropped into France’s sec­ond tier league to fur­ther prove his coach­ing cre­den­tials.

Through­out the ar­du­ous jour­ney af­ter lead­ing the United States at the 2010 World Cup, Bradley re­mained fixed on the ul­ti­mate goal — a job in a top Euro­pean league.

Now, af­ter years of set­backs and re­jec­tions, the 58-year-old Bradley has ar­rived in the rich­est soc­cer league of all af­ter land­ing a job with Swansea City on Mon­day.

The Premier League has had 21 dif­fer­ent na­tion­al­i­ties man­ag­ing its teams, but Bradley is the first Amer­i­can af­ter re­plac­ing the fired Francesco Guidolin in south Wales.

“Bob is ex­traor­di­nar­ily in­tel­li­gent about the game, his work ethics is sec­ond to none, and the way he man­ages teams and deals with peo­ple are all out­stand­ing,” U.S. Soc­cer Fed­er­a­tion Pres­i­dent Su­nil Gu­lati told The Associated Press on Mon­day.

“You need a num­ber of things to go right to get an op­por­tu­nity like this (in the Premier League) and to break through if you are not in the reg­u­lar cir­cle of coaches that are con­sid­ered for such op­por­tu­ni­ties.”

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