A few seconds after the final whistle sounded in the United States’ round of 16 loss to Ghana in the World Cup, speculation began on the future of men’s national team coach Bob Bradley.
OK, maybe not seconds. But not long after.
Since then, it’s come out that USSF president Sunil Gulati is less than thrilled with the team’s finish in the World Cup, thus putting Bradley’s job status in a bit of jeopardy.
Then, the dominos started falling.
Roy Hodgson left Fulham for Liverpool, thus opening a spot in the English Premier League. We then find out that Bradley might be interested in a move to Europe.
I saw it as a Tweet first, but since then, the rumors of Bradley to Fulham have been picking up steam.
Today, they’re running full blast.
As a Fulham supporter, I mind myself torn between my affinity for my club and the prospect of an American coach succeeding in the Premier League – and the doors it might open in terms of growing the game stateside.
Bradley’s resume does not include the sort of club stops you’d expect to find on the record of an EPL boss, but he does have experience managing a top-20 national team that just won a World Cup group that featured, of all teams, England.
Have his stops at Chivas, Chicago and New York prepared him to not only step into the cauldron of one of the most important leagues in the world, but replace a man who took Fulham from the brink of relegation to the Europa League final?
Two things are certain. Bradley would get a massive pay increase from his current deal with the USSF and a move to Fulham would instantly fuel transfer rumors for his son to follow him from Germany to London.
We might even have the Landon-Donovan-to-England circus crank up again.
Do I think it’s a good move for Bradley? Absolutely.
A good move for Fulham?
We may have a chance to find out.