After just falling short of Egypt qualifying for the 2014 World Cup, Bob Bradley was not retained. Since then, many thought that Bradley would return back to the MLS and the Vancouver Whitecaps, but that did not transpire. Instead, Norwegian website Budstikka is reporting that Bradley is being hired by Norwegian Football League side Stabaek.
Tweets from several soccer beat writers have confirmed the Budstikka’s claim.
Bob Bradley will be unveiled as Stabæk manager at 10 CET tomorrow. He will become the first American manager to manage in Europe. (Budstikka)
— Brendan Husebø (@BrendanHusebo) January 2, 2014
This is a better choice for Bradley than coming back to coaching in the MLS. The move allows for future consideration by bigger European clubs and leagues. In order for the former USMNT manager to grab this attention, he will need to convince them by finding success with Stabaek. This will take time, but Stabaek won’t be hiring Bradley on a short leash. Bradley will have the opportunity long term to lead this first tier Norwegian side to success.
According to the Soccer by Ives founder, this move is also historic for American coaches.
Bob Bradley set to become first American to manage in a European first division. Significant step for American coaches.
— Ives Galarcep (@SoccerByIves) January 2, 2014
Overall, this move makes sense for both Bradley and Stabaek. The team will be hiring a proven coach that can build a successful squad, while also having his future in mind. Not many coaches have jumped from the Norwegian league that Stabaek is in, but Cardiff City‘s newest manager, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, played for and manged in Norway.
After bringing some much needed unity to Egypt, Bradley is not set for his latest challenge and coaching journey. While the club has yet to officially announce any related news, all signs says that Bradley’s coaching career is smartly heading to Stabaek. This deal seems to be a win-win for both sides.
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