KENYA BROWN - Tuesday, December 27, 2016
After 11 games and no significant improvement in play, English Premier League team Swansea City have decided to fire US coach Bob Bradley.
The team announced the news following its demoralizing 4-1 loss to West Ham United on Monday at the Liberty Stadium.
"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," said Swansea chairman Huw Jenkins in a statement on the team's website. "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.''
Bradley, 58, was appointed head coach of the Welsh-based team in October after Italian coach Francesco Guidolin was fired. His first game was a losing effort as they fell 3-2 to Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium.
Under the former US national team coach's reign, Swansea won two games, lost seven and tied two, earning only eight points from 33.
While Bradley tried his best to push the team to play attacking soccer, his downfall came on the defensive end as Swansea suffered a series of drubbings - 3-1 to Stoke, 5-0 to Tottenham, 3-1 to West Brom and 3-0 to Middlesbrough. In all, the team conceded 29 goals in 11 games.
Despite a strong resume in coaching various teams, Bradley's appointment as Swansea head coach was not warmly received by everyone at the Liberty Stadium. While the team is majority owned by Americans Steve Kaplan and Jason Levien, 20 percent of the team's shares are owned by the fans, many of whom criticized the hiring.
Some have complained that Bradley's firing was rushed as he was not able to make improvements to the team in the upcoming transfer window, but in the results-oriented and highly lucrative business of the EPL, coaches must make an immediate impact or get the pink slip.