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hamsamwich
Post #1
Monday October 3, 2016 12:33pm

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My favorite coach climbs one more rung on the coaching ladder...

Rey Regicide
Post #2
Monday October 3, 2016 12:48pm

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I'm pulling hella hard for Swansea now!

MSantoine
Post #3
Monday October 3, 2016 1:48pm

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awesome. Congrats to him. Big step for Americans. Wagner is next.

dunlopp9987
Post #4
Monday October 3, 2016 2:47pm

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This is so cool. Swansea just became my second favorite EPL club.
COYB!!
Rey Regicide
Post #5
Monday October 3, 2016 3:32pm

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Ok, this is going to come off as nonsense, my hope is it makes some of you laugh before it irritates you

but I think Bob should plan on getting fired. I mean, seriously, what are the odds? Chances are Bob will get fired within a year. That's less to do with Bob, more to do with the nature of Football, and instant gratification world we live in.

Bob should see Pochetino and how he still dictated the game, in a style different that Pep, based off of Bob's tenets, hustle determination, hard work. But they were in control.

I want to see Bradley make Swansea into a team that is in control. Even if you don't run possession. You can be a team in control on the counter. It doesn't have to be tiki taka. But damn it, no bunker ball.

EKneezy
Atlanta
Post #6
Monday October 3, 2016 5:10pm

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Great news. I'll certainly be watching more Swansea this season.

Dave
Post #7
Monday October 3, 2016 5:51pm

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While this is good news, I really don't pay attention to where Americans coach. However, it may open up opportunities for some American players to be signed to the club.

cudevil
Post #8
Monday October 3, 2016 5:54pm

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How important is it, if at all, for the development of the USMNT, to get more coaches in positions like this? I've always felt that having "one of our own" as a the head coach was preferable, as it enables the development of a distinct "American" style of play, as well as a (potentially) better understanding of American players' mindsets. I see most of the best national teams tend to promote from within (with exceptions of course). I'd like to follow that approach, but it only works if we get coaches that have proper tactical and technical awareness.

(Please do not interpret this in any way was being anti-JK because he's German; anti-dual nationals; or otherwise a xenophobic position.)

Dave
Post #9
Monday October 3, 2016 6:54pm

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@cudevil - I don't think that it's all that important for a national team coach to be of the same nationality as the nation he/she is coaching. It's much more important that they are familiar with the leagues in which their players ply their trade.

The best national team coaches tend to come from countries where there are strong competitive leagues....Germany, Italy, Spain, Holland, England, etc... The competition level of the leagues force the coaches to have a strong understanding of tactics and how to get the best out of players. Succeeding in these types of leagues helps them deal with the difficulties often found at the international level.

Know Nothing
Post #10
Monday October 3, 2016 8:22pm

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While we are happy, 78% respondents to a Wales Online poll don't think Bradley is a good choice (500 votes). I suppose they were all holding out for Welsh hero Ryan Giggs

dunlopp9987
Post #11
Monday October 3, 2016 8:24pm

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Original post from Know Nothing

While we are happy, 78% respondents to a Wales Online poll don't think Bradley is a good choice (500 votes). I suppose they were all holding out for Welsh hero Ryan Giggs


Yeah I'm not surprised. I'll be shocked if he lasts the year. If they go on a bad run of form, the fans (who are already skeptical) will turn on him, and that'll be that.
COYB!!
Know Nothing
Post #12
Monday October 3, 2016 8:40pm

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Add to that the Supporters Trust is up in arms they were not consulted over the firing or hiring and he could well be walking into a pit of vipers. He had better hit the ground running as his first match is Arsenal.

dolcem
Post #13
Monday October 3, 2016 8:52pm

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Alright!!!!!!!!!!

An American manager in the Premier League?????????

This is some of the biggest news in US soccer history!!!!!!

Never before have we produced a coach capable of managing at that level. I think Berhalter and Cherundolo are the future of the next generation but I'll admit I never thought that someone who came of age before the MLS even existed would have the chops to make it that high. I mean, this is a guy that never had any exposure to professional soccer in any form (none of his coaches, opponents, or teammates had ever had contact with that level) and never got to see quality soccer played live. He barely would have watched any on TV. This is of course compared to all of his competitors in the Premier League, that grew up watching and playing the game and learned it from the very best.

But Coach Bob made it to where he is because he did a good job in Norway and in France. It's one thing to get a couple results against mediocre teams playing bunker ball in a world cup, but to do it consistently every week at a high level is a different story. Ligue 2 and the Tippelagen aren't the highest tier but he proved he could succeed in European footballing culture.

Now in terms of tactical and technical development, he'll be inferior to his competitors (because he didn't have the upbringing that they did), but if there's one thing that Coach Bob has, it's grit and determination. That translates into any culture. And he may not be as much of a soccer expert as the opposing managers, but I bet he'll instill a never-say-die attitude in his players.

It's crazy but this just might work. I think this is the one place in the top leagues where he could actually succeed. His strength is getting teams to play tough, route one soccer and work hard. It's the exact style the English teams play (and American soccer descended from British soccer), and there won't be a language barrier.

He's been waiting his whole career for this and I bet when he was playing at Princeton he never would have imagined he could have made it this far.

Way to go Coach Bob!!!!!!!!!!

PS I'm shocked they didn't hire Giggs...but maybe they figured that a relegation battle wouldn't be the best place for him at such an early stage in his managerial career.
GET A CLUB TEAM
dolcem
Post #14
Monday October 3, 2016 9:09pm

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I'm calling it...Michael Bradley is coming to Swansea on loan in January!
GET A CLUB TEAM
db707
Post #15
Monday October 3, 2016 9:13pm

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Original post from dolcem

I'm calling it...Michael Bradley is coming to Swansea on loan in January!


And Jonathan Bornstein.

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