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Mojofc
Post #1
Sunday December 15, 2013 5:27am

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Where will he go next?

West Brom fired Steve Clarke today, Bob interviewed with West Brom before they decided on Clarke.

I haven't any rumors but being that Bob is currently without a job, one would think he has a shot at the position.

Bob speaking about his interview with West Brom (about 3/4 down the page)
http://espnfc.com/blog/_/name/relegationzone/...

Would love Bob to get a job in Europe.
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chris_thebassplayer
San Jose
Post #2
Sunday December 15, 2013 5:39am

Joined May 2013
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I'm guessing Scandinavia...thought Stabaek was in the running.

USnLFCfan
Savannah GA
Post #3
Sunday December 15, 2013 5:50am

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They just fired one of the best defensive tactical minds in football....they will most likely go after someone more attack-minded. Southampton is showing everyone the model for lower EPL clubs.

MSantoine
Post #4
Sunday December 15, 2013 8:21am

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I also read that Staabek was the likely choice. Lets him see if he can succeed in europe with his tactics

Jzaval01
Post #5
Sunday December 15, 2013 7:41pm

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If Bob got hired at West Brom which is not unlikely imagine as well if Jozy would have gone to West Brom too. Even though West brom have done poorly recently they still in better shape than Sunderland.

AVFC
Post #6
Friday December 20, 2013 4:59am

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Here's what is being said.

http://m.espn.go.com/soccer/story?storyId=165...

Stabaek, with Gregg Berhalter just coming back from Hammarby, it looks like there will be a continued trend of American coaches in Scandanavia.

skangles
DC
Post #7
Friday December 20, 2013 9:51pm

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I'm glad that he turned down the Whitecaps job as I think he is ready for a bigger challenge than coming back to the US but Stabaek and the Tippeligaen isn't an upgrade. He should hold out for a position in a better league.

If he cannot land in a better league he'd be better off holding out for another NT offer.

MSantoine
Post #8
Friday December 20, 2013 10:00pm

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Original post from skangles

I'm glad that he turned down the Whitecaps job as I think he is ready for a bigger challenge than coming back to the US but Stabaek and the Tippeligaen isn't an upgrade. He should hold out for a position in a better league.

If he cannot land in a better league he'd be better off holding out for another NT offer.


I disagree. While I do agree MLS is a better league to be in than Norway, one of the barriers in world football is americans cant coach the right way to play soccer. It would be huge for future american coaches if Bradley could go to any 1st division soccer league and suceed (win a title/qualify for UCL). Once one shows they can more offers will come in and it will increase the coaching pool for future USMNT cycles

rainORshine
Post #9
Saturday December 21, 2013 12:13am

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yea comparing options for a trailblazer like BB is not like evaluating leagues for top US players. really, there is absolutely no reference points. agree with Msantoine, success anywhere will open a pipeline, just as it did for players 20 years ago

biggest criteria for BB is probably just support of management and general direction of club, wherever it might be...

Coach Kev
Savannah, GA
Post #10
Saturday December 21, 2013 12:27am

Joined Aug 2012
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Original post from MSantoine

I disagree. While I do agree MLS is a better league to be in than Norway, one of the barriers in world football is americans cant coach the right way to play soccer. It would be huge for future american coaches if Bradley could go to any 1st division soccer league and suceed (win a title/qualify for UCL). Once one shows they can more offers will come in and it will increase the coaching pool for future USMNT cycles


What about Greg Berhalter and Ernie Stewart?
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Ten-Towns
Post #11
Saturday December 21, 2013 1:31am

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Bob could crash at Stabaek too. He isn't going to be given leeway that's for sure. If Stabaek come out of the gates and stink it up for the first month, you better believe the fan base will be all over management to fire Bradley. While other European coaches would probably be given a little leeway to the start of the season.

admsghs27
Post #12
Saturday December 21, 2013 3:33am

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Not sure why Norway ? I think Vancouver would of been a much better option. But i guess he wants to get that american coaches abroad more public and maybe open the door for more American coaches to coach abroad. And berhalter, stewart dont really count, only head coaches.

dolcem
Post #13
Saturday December 21, 2013 9:21am

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Really hope this happens. To those of you that think the Norwegian league is worse than the MLS, the quality isn't so relevant, it's the fact that it's a European league that is well-known by scouts and has a long history of sending coaches (and players) to top European leagues. If he succeeds, it will open the door in the Scandinavian leagues to more MLS coaches, who from there could make the jump to better European leagues (and maybe someday, if coaches like Coach Bob succeed in Scandinavia, better leagues might have the confidence to hire Americans).

People need to understand though that the rest of the world doesn't really trust our coaching abilities (yet). Hiring an American coach, particularly one with no exposure to European methods (Bradley never played in Europe), is a big risk. The American coaching pool is totally unknown in Europe and no one knows how well American would do there. The same went for players until relatively recently, but now that we have lots of players going over to Europe (particularly the EPL), the scouts have a better understanding of which players will make it and which won't, and it's much less of a risk. Once the MLS starts exporting successful coaches, European clubs will be much more willing to take that risk and will start hiring our coaches. Until then, it's too big of a risk.

Of course I could be proven wrong but I don't think Coach Bob (or others from his generation) would be well-suited for European ball. They haven't been trained in European methods at all and they don't know the ins and outs of how European clubs work. They don't understand the psychology of European players, either. I could see why people like Bob would be great at adapting to national teams with different circumstances, like Egypt (Middle Eastern style and no domestic league), but I'm not sure if Europe would be the best fit. While Coach Bob has his strengths, particularly motivation, footbalistically I think he's lacking because he never learned the game at the highest level.

Original post from Coach Kev

What about Greg Berhalter and Ernie Stewart?


What about them? Stewart didn't come from the American system, Berhalter was hired (and then fired) in the second division of Sweden. It's a huge shame he came up one point short last season or else he could've been the first American to coach a top division European club. But at this point we haven't made it yet and if Coach Bob gets hired it'd be great news.
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skangles
DC
Post #14
Saturday December 21, 2013 12:42pm

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I disagree that Norway can be used as a springboard for bigger and better things. It's not a league that's respected in Europe. He could lead Stabaek to success and qualify for a European competition where their far superior competition would wipe the floor with them. This isn't going to open doors for him and in fact best case it would be a similar situation to Egypt whereby he lead a mediocre team to overachieve until they get matched up with a much better competitor.

If he wants to go to Norway for personal reasons to experience the culture and for the money, fine but this isn't a move that's any better than taking a MLS gig.


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