Post by beasleyisbeastly on Dec 28, 2016 22:49:10 GMT -6
Swansea City has fired Bob Bradley after a 2-2-7 start. He was given 11 games after being brought in to a club that was in the relegation zone. He also wasn't even given a chance in the transfer window. The timing is what makes me think this is British people not having faith in an american. There were headlines about him not using English soccer lingo ("locker room" as opposed to "dressing room" etc.). I'd expect English people (yes I know swansea is in Wales) to have a little more respect for Bradley or any other american coach, oh sorry... manager. Especially after he led an AMERICAN team to win the world cup group with England. Even more so considering England failed to even advance at the last world cup and wales haven't made the WC in God knows how long. I think Swansea fans would rather blame an american than accept the fact that their players aren't that good. thoughts?
This isn't MLS, relegation is real. Yes, he wasn't really given the best chance to showcase what he is about but after 11 games the fans, and reports of players, did not care for his style of play. I personally feel he should have been given a chance at the window but it's not my money to gamble with, so...
Interesting that Swansea's primary owners are American (affiliated with DC United and the Memphis Grizzlies of the NBA).
One of the criticisms I've heard of Bradley at Swansea is that he wouldn't stick to a particular style, and he kept changing his formation and lineup every game. I'm sure he was trying to find something that would work with the roster he was handed. I agree he should have had a chance at a transfer window to try and bring in players more to his suiting.
If the ownership was looking for a manager to avoid relegation he was probably not the best pick for an in-season replacement. That is someone like Sam Allardyce's specialty.
If Mourinho can be fired, surely Bob Bradley can as well. The Premier League has nothing to do with how the English national team does. What Bradley did with the USMNT has nothing to do with how he did at Swansea. In an actual league that uses pro/rel, every result matters. It isn't a league where you can win the league despite having as many wins as losses. The owners of these clubs are fighting for every match because it could mean a huge drop in revenue if they are relegated. In the MLS they are guaranteed to exist no matter what.