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Bob Bradley admits that soccer can be cruel

Swansea (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Premier League strugglers Swansea City dismissed coach Bob Bradley on Tuesday after just 11 games in charge, the club announced.

American Bradley replaced Francesco Guidolin in October but the Swans have won just twice following his appointment and lie second from bottom in the table.

“Swansea City can confirm that the club has parted company with manager Bob Bradley,” the Welsh side said in a statement. 

His departure comes a day after Swansea were thumped 4-1 at home by West Ham, the club’s seventh defeat in Bradley’s short-lived tenure.

“I knew exactly what I was getting into when I came to Swansea and realised the hardest part was always going to be getting points in the short run,” Bradley told US broadcaster NBC Sports.

“But I believe in myself and I believe in going for it. That’s what I’ve always told my players.

“Football can be cruel and to have a chance you have to be strong.

“I wish Swansea the best and look forward to my next challenge.”

The 58-year-old Bradley took training on Tuesday but was subsequently relieved of his duties, less than three months after taking over.

“We are sorry to lose Bob after such a short period of time,” said Swansea chairman Huw Jenkins.

“Unfortunately things haven’t worked out as planned and we felt we had to make the change with half the Premier League season remaining.

“With the club going through such a tough time, we have to try and find the answers to get ourselves out of trouble.”

Jenkins added: “Personally, I have nothing but praise for Bob. He is a good man; a good person who gave everything to the job. His work-rate is phenomenal and we wish him well for the future.”

First-team coaches Paul Williams and Alan Curtis will take over from Bradley on an interim basis as the club searches for a new manager.

Bradley, who managed the US national team at the 2010 World Cup, became the first American boss in England’s top flight after he was appointed in place of Guidolin, an Italian.

Bradley was also Egypt coach before stints in Norway and France with Stabaek and Le Havre. He left the latter to take the top job at Swansea having narrowly missed out on promotion to the French top division last season.

Swansea’s next match is against Bournemouth at the Liberty Stadium on Saturday. 

The Swans are four points from safety and above last-place Hull only on goal difference.

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  1. Doug

    December 28, 2016 at 5:34 pm

    Let’s face it, he took over a terrible team with an even worse defense, if it can be called a defense.
    Last year, they outscored their opponents in the games they won, and then got rid of their best players. It won’t matter who takes over the club, without a new defense, they are bound for the Championship.

  2. Harry

    December 28, 2016 at 10:32 am

    The problem with Bradley’s tenure was that there was no improvement seen in how the team played or the results. When you are fighting relegation you cannot survive if your team is conceding goals galore. In the Premier League teams that avoid relegation always begin with making sure their defense is strong enough to keep the team in the game. Swansea under Bradley had one of the worst defenses in the league.

  3. tim

    December 27, 2016 at 9:31 pm

    Hey lets hire a guy full of players from a previous manger and not give him a transfer window to try and fix it…Makes sense.

  4. Kei

    December 27, 2016 at 8:49 pm

    Let’s be clear on two things here:

    1) He wasn’t fired because of his nationality; his being way in over his head played a significant (if not the biggest) role in his tenure there being a complete fiasco. That said…

    2) The only reason he got the Swansea job in the first place WAS because of his nationality. You’re deluding yourself if you think a two-year jump from Norway to the Premier League is a perfectly natural one for a manager.

    As far as the Swansea ownership is concerned, some dots simply connect themselves. Sheer lunacy on their part for hiring someone who had no business being there to help them escape their current crisis (which, btw, was entirely of their own making).

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