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After Egypt Decides Not to Renew Bob Bradley’s Contract, Bradley’s Next Job May Be In Norway

bob bradley After Egypt Decides Not to Renew Bob Bradleys Contract, Bradleys Next Job May Be In Norway

Not surprisingly, the Egyptian Football Association (EFA) has decided not to renew Bob Bradley’s contract as coach of the national team after the nation exited in the World Cup playoffs stage due to their aggregate defeat to Ghana.

EFA Chairman Gamal Allam said:

“Bob Bradley’s contract ended this night, and we will not renew for him. We will start search for a new coach.

“I think Bradley will not accept to stay here following all the criticism from the media after the first match in Kumasi. We did not talk with him about staying and we will not do so.

“We won against Ghana but we did not qualify. We signed Bradley to take the team to World Cup but he failed so we will search for new coach, and we wish him good luck”.

“We will sign an Egyptian coach, but now I will not reveal who we have in mind but we will definitely not sign another foreigner coach.”

After being in charge of Egypt for two years, his next move may be to Norway.

According to TV2, the largest commercial television station in Norway, Norwegian team Stabaek is very interested in signing Bradley:

“The hunt is on for replacement manager at Stabaek, and TV 2 Sport has learned that American Bob Bradley is extremely relevant for that job. The club are in talks with him to take over as coach.”

Stabaek are currently in the Premier League in Norway, and they just sacked their coach Petter Belsvik.

Bradley hasn’t made a comment thus far regarding the speculation of a job in Norway, but he did apologize to Egypt on national TV:

“We wanted to bring happiness to the Egyptian people but we couldn’t. I apologize again.

“We needed more luck at several occasions. We won seven out of our eight games during these qualifiers but that wasn’t enough.”

Best of luck to Bob Bradley in his next endeavor. I’m sure no matter where he goes, he will succeed.

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6 Responses to After Egypt Decides Not to Renew Bob Bradley’s Contract, Bradley’s Next Job May Be In Norway

  1. Dean Stell says:

    Am I the only one who thinks the comments from their FA are kinda tacky? I mean, what ever happened to thanking a guy for their service, acknowledging the challenges they faced and saying that it’s ultimately all about the World Cup, so we’ll get in a new coach for the next cycle, but we wish Bob all the best and know he’ll be an asset where ever he lands?

    On a continent where I don’t really have rooting interests, Egypt just went into the “slightly rooting against” category.

    • Taylor says:

      No, you’re not the only one. I had the same sentiment yesterday when reading a related article at the different website.
      The fact that the players still turned up and played for him and him leading Egypt to almost qualify in the middle of their political situation has been a miracle itself.

    • Pakapala says:

      I think that we have to keep in mind that: this is probably parts and parcels of a whole comment made by the chairman. Now taken on its own it does sound like “don’t let the door hit you in the back” kinda comment. But after reading the comments in the website link provided above I realized there was more said b the FA man including how he thinks that Bradley would not accept to stay on the job after the way the local media lambasted him.

  2. Agreed Dean. I am now rooting heavily against Egypt after that totally ungracious statement towards a man who endured so much adversity on that job. No “thank you” whatsoever in that classless statement.

  3. dave says:

    Please before u make ur comments please learn something about Egypt soccer.
    Bob did not do anything special in Egypt, in fact he never organized one single game against a strong opponent, (Cote d’ivoire, Cameroon etc..), even second tier like South African. No wonder they won all games, by the way the previous coach won African cup 7 times. Bob team did not even qualify them for African cup.
    This man is NOT qualify to coach any international team period
    Please USA team was defeated twice by a young team in South Africa. team without their main stars

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