Bob Bradley, the first US manager to take charge of a team in any of Europe’s top five leagues, has been fired by Swansea City after just 85 days.
The finally straw for the former USMNT coach came when his side were comprehensively beaten 1-4 at home by fellow relegation battlers West Ham on Saturday.
The result meant that Bradley’s record from 11 games in charge was two wins, two draws and seven defeats. From his total period in charge his side conceded a shocking 29 goals while on finding the net 12 times.
The club chairman Huw Jenkins said in a statement: “We are sorry to lose Bob after such a short period of time. Unfortunately things haven’t worked out as planned and we felt we had to make the change with half the Premier League season remaining.”
“With the club going through such a tough time, we have to try and find the answers to get ourselves out of trouble.”
“Personally, I have nothing but praise for Bob. He is a good man; a good person who gave everything to the job. His work-rate is phenomenal and we wish him well for the future.’’
The Bradley era at Swansea started with cautious optimism. Swansea showed promise in his opening game in charge as they fell to a hard fought 3-2 defeat at Arsenal. Those watching knew that Bradley would not be judged on how his sides performed against the top clubs but instead on his ability achieve his season goal; Keeping Swansea City in the Premier League.
The first of just eight points Bradley would win during his time in the League came in his second game – an uneventful 0-0 draw against Watford. Next, a difficult trip to Stoke followed by the visit on Manchester United both ended in 3-1 defeats before another draw, this time 1-1 against Everton, provided just a glimmer of hope.
Bradley built on that and, in a game which boasted all of the drama and suspense that made the Premier League famous, his side scored two goals in second half stoppage time to snatch victory from the jaws of defeat and beat Crystal Palace 5-4.
For all the ecstasy the win brought the following week they came crashing back to reality. A trip to Tottenham saw a 5-0 thrashing during a game when Swansea managed just one shot off target and Spurs dominated the match in every respect.
That humiliation, albeit at the hands of a top four side, meant that the next weekend’s game against fellow relegation threatened Sunderland was a must win. Win they did, Bradley’s final Premier League points came with a convincing 3-0 win against the Black Cats as his side seemed to have turned a corner.
This was not the case.
A high flying West Brom side took three points from the Swansea with a convincing 3-1 win before Middlesbrough scored three without reply as the Welsh side slipped to another defeat.
Finally, the humiliation at the hands of West Ham, mention earlier, was the straw which broke the camel’s back.
With the January transfer window looming Swansea have acted decisively, hoping they can make a change which will see them stay in the Premier League. Clearly the powers that be had come to the conclusion they’d have a better chance of achieving this without Bradley.