New Swansea manager Bob Bradley revealed that he has been heavily influenced by Sir Alex Ferguson after visiting Manchester United back when he was the United States national team manager.
Bradley, 58, was named as the new boss of the Swans after the club parted ways with Francesco Guidolin. And the New Jersey native said that he’s was struck by the way Sir Alex were around the training ground, and that it had an impact on his own managerial style.
“I have always talked about when I was the U.S. national team coach, what it was like when I’d go to Carrington,” Bradley told NBC Sports. “What always struck me was how with all the great players and all the success, how Sir Alex’s personality was all over every part of the club.
“He knew everyone’s name and how he would joke with people in the kitchen.
“People sometimes from the outside have opinions of me but if anybody took the time to talk to equipment men and women I’ve worked with, medical stuff, assistant coaches, behind-the-scenes it has always been important to me to understand to make sure that every one of those people knows how important they are.”
Bradley will become the first American manager in the Premier League, and although he called it a “special” to be the first American, he’s adamant he’s just trying to be the best manager he can be.
“This point is very important. I know that this part of the story is important for the game in the United States,” Bradley said. “It has always been a battle for coaches and players to earn respect.
“That’s never been the reason that I’ve done things but I’ve always understood that’s part of the responsibility. But, that story doesn’t mean one thing here.
“The only thing that matters here, like I said, you have people who love Swansea City Football Club. People who live and breathe for the club.
“I’ve never called myself and an ‘American manager’ I’m just trying to be the best manager I can.”