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Aston Villa Set to Name Bob Bradley as New Boss

American national team coach set to be given Villa Park job.

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EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - AUGUST 10: Bob Bradley, head coach of United States Soccer stands on the sidelines before the first half of a friendly match at the New Meadowlands on August 10, 2010 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images)

Bob Bradley has quit his job with the United States national team and is set to be named the new manager of Aston Villa, talkSPORT understands.
The USA coach has emerged as the favourite to succeed Martin O’Neill, who resigned earlier this week following a disagreement with chairman Randy Lerner about how to take the club forward.
Bradley took the USA to the second round of the World Cup in South Africa this summer and fellow American Lerner is said to be a big fan of the work he has done with his country’s national team.
The 52-year-old, who has previously managed MLS sides including DC United and Chicago Fire, will not be in England in time for Villa’s opening Premier League fixture against West Ham tomorrow, but is expected to be unveiled as the new man at the helm at Villa Park next week. (TalkSport)

Personally I think this is a pretty good move on Randy Lerner’s part. He could have easily opted for more established names but perhaps what the club needs is someone looking to cut their teeth in the English top tier. The American has been an astonishing success as the coach of the American national side and his teams play football the right way.

He likes free flowing attack minded football but also seems to get real commitment from his side. Clearly club football and national team football are two different beasts but I can see Bob Bradley being a success in the Premier League.

The likes of Sven-Goran “Show me the money” Eriksson and Alan “I do okay but not that well wherever I go” Curbishley were strongly linked with the job but I think for differing reasons both would have been mistakes. Slaven Bilic would have been a potentially interesting appointment but he seems unwilling to end his Croatian international adventure.

Get ready for the obligatory linking of every living American player to the Midlands club, some of whom would be welcomed and others who would not stand a chance of such a move. The club already has three Americans on their books, expect that number to increase.

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