Bob Bradley Sacked After 11 Games in Charge of Swansea City
Bob Bradley, the first American manager in Premier League history, was sacked by his bosses at Swansea City on Tuesday after just 11 games in charge of the club.
The club’s owners, Americans Steve Kaplan and Jason Levien, made the decision after holding discussions with Bradley himself, as well as club chairman Huw Jenkins on Tuesday. Ultimately, the decision to fire their manager came in the immediate wake of Swansea’s 4-1 home defeat to West Ham on Boxing Day.
According to a report from ESPN FC, which cites sources close to the club’s owners, the decision to fire Bradley was one made with “great reluctance” in part because of his determination. That could be seen until the very end — despite knowing he wouldn’t have a job the same afternoon, Bradley attending Tuesday’s training session with his now-former players.
“We are sorry to lose Bob after such a short period of time,” chairman Jenkins said. “Unfortunately things haven’t worked out as planned and we felt we had to make the change with half the Premier League season remaining.”
Bradley had just been appointed manager in October, ahead of Ryan Giggs, and following the sacking of Francesco Guidolin. He never managed to make an instant impact, guiding Swansea to a total of eight points from a possible 33.
He departs Swansea with the club firmly in the relegation zone, they currently sit 19th with 12 points from 18 matches.
“I knew exactly what I was getting into when I came to Swansea and realized the hardest part was always going to be getting points in the short run,” Bradley told 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.”
Bradley’s tenure with the club almost seemed sabotaged from his debut — the 3-2 defeat at Arsenal served as a sign of things to come as Swansea went on to ship goals at an alarming rate. They’d go on to lose 3-1 at Stoke, 5-0 at Tottenham, 3-1 at West Brom and 3-0 at Middlesbrough.
In all, Swansea conceded 29 goals during Bradley’s 85-day tenure with the club, at least three goals were scored in eight of his 11 matches.
In the interim, coaches Alan Curtis and Paul Williams will take charge of the team as they prepare for Bournemouth this weekend. Swansea have no intention of leaving their manager slot vacant for an extended period of time.
The aforementioned Giggs, who formerly served as an assistant manager at Manchester United and was overlooked just three months ago for Bradley, remains a contender for the position. Other more experienced candidates are also reportedly being considered.
“With the club going through such a tough time, we have to try and find the answers to get ourselves out of trouble,” Jenkins said. “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.”
Information from Press Association Sport was used in this report.