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Wednesday 21 February 2018

5 things you may not know about Bob Bradley

Bob Bradley has swapped French Ligue 2 side Le Havre for Premier League Swansea
Bob Bradley has swapped French Ligue 2 side Le Havre for Premier League Swansea

Bob Bradley has been named as the new Swansea manager after they parted company with Francesco Guidolin following a poor start to the Premier League season.

The Swans have not won since the opening day and sit in 17th position in the table and are only above the relegation zone on goal difference.

Here, Press Association Sport looks at five things you may not know about the newest manager in England's top-flight.

1. Bradley will become the first American to manage in the Premier League

English clubs may be used to having American ownership but it will be the first time that someone from the United States will be at the helm of a Premier League club. Swansea's majority shareholders Stephen Kaplan & Jason Levien may have been the influence to bring Bradley across to these shores as they became the sixth American group to be involved in owning a top-flight team.

2. He started his managerial career at the age of 22

Bradley's route to becoming a top-flight manager was different to the norm in England after his playing career came to an end at the age of 22. After graduating from the University of Princeton in 1980, he took control of the Ohio University team for two years before current LA Galaxy manager Bruce Arena lured him to the University of Virginia as assistant manager. He returned to Princeton as head coach in 1984 and was at the helm for 11 years with relative success before embarking on a professional career in management.

3. Bradley's son Michael has already been in English football

The new Swansea manager's son, Michael, has had a successful playing career where he is currently Toronto FC and United States captain. The midfielder had a six-month loan spell at Aston Villa during the 2010-2011 season when he joined from German side Borussia Monchengladbach, but he failed to make the move permanen t after only making four appearances in all competitions for the former Premier League club.

4. He has experience of managing around the world

Following a start in management in collegiate football, Bradley worked for several clubs in the MLS between 1996 and 2006 before landing the United States national team job, leading them to the 2010 World Cup in South Africa. Despite reaching the CONCACAF Gold Cup final in 2011, the 58-year-old was sacked and he became Egypt manager shortly after but failed to reach the 2014 World Cup and lost his job as a result. He moved to Norway with Stabaek who he helped qualify for the Europa League before moving to France with Ligue 2 side Le Havre in November 2015, which he left to join the Swans.

5. Father and son are not the only sportsmen in the family

Bradley comes from a family known for being involved in the professional sporting environment. Brother, Scott, was a professional Major League Baseball player in a career spanning eight years, most noticeably playing for Seattle Mariners between 1986 and 1992. Another brother, Jeff, is a sports journalist who has worked for ESPN as well as the New York Daily Post.

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