Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Hooligan's Wake Up: Bob Bradley sacked by Swansea

Yesterday's Score
Premier League
Liverpool 4-1 Stoke City
(Lallana 34', Firmino 44', Imbula OG 59', Sturridge 70')-(Walters 12')

Bob Bradley's short lived reign as a Premier League manager has come to an end. Swansea City have sacked their American boss after only winning one out of 11 matches and accruing a mere eight points. Bradley's Swans were worse under his leadership than they were before he arrived, as mostly evidenced by their horrendous defensive record. They had given up at least three goals in their last six games, including Bradley's only win in charge, a 5-4 barn burner over Crystal Palace.

Bradley's brief tenure was pretty bad, but I would have at least liked to have seen him get a transfer window to try and improve his squad. He was given a team with very little Premier League level talent, none of which was brought in by Bradley. I don't know if he could have saved Swansea's Premier League lives with a January transfer window, but I would have liked to see him try.

As for who could get the nod to replace him, Ryan Giggs has already come up. The Welsh former Manchester United star always seems to come up when the Swansea job opens up, even though he has even less managerial experience than Bradley. He did interview for the job before the Bradley hiring.

While this may be the end of Bradley's run in the Premier League, I certainly think he could end up getting another European managerial run. He was in a little over his head in England's top flight, but he proved he was capable down in the second division in France, had a successful international run with Egypt, and the USA before that. He's apparently being mentioned as a possibility for the vacant Norwegian National Team job. He did take the Norwegian club Stabaek to the Europa League before moving to France.

However, I would like him to take another second tier club job and fight for promotion. Maybe he returns to Le Havre and finishes their promotion campaign to Ligue 1. Maybe he latches onto a Serie B team in Italy and lifts them to Serie A. Given the time and success, perhaps he could even show up at a Championship side and give himself another crack at a lower end Premier League team. I just hope he stays abroad and doesn't come back home to the states. He's too good for MLS.

FC Dallas have made the first MLS free agent signing of the winter by bringing in Javier Morales. The former Real Salt Lake midfielder brings some experience to a young Dallas squad that won both the Supporters Shield and U.S. Open Cup last year. He had a great run in Utah. He scored 49 goals in his ten years there as a regular in their starting lineup.

Premier League
Southampton v. Tottenham- 2:45pm- NBCSN

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