Swansea City has hired former United States national team manager Bob Bradley to be the new man in charge following the dismissal of Francesco Guidolin.
Bradley, 58, is joining the Welsh side from French Ligue 2 side Le Havre after their match against Sochaux on Monday. The team announced the firing of Guidolin and the hire of Bradley in a statement on the Swans’ official website.
“Swansea City can confirm that the club has parted company with manager Francesco Guidolin,” the statement read.
“He will be replaced by former USA national team manager Bob Bradley with the club having agreed his release from French club Le Havre after their fixture with Sochaux tonight.”
Swansea chairman Huw Jenkins was sad to have to part ways with Guidolin, but after just one win in seven matches and a mere four points, the club felt that a change was in order. Jenkins said he’s excited to welcome Bradley to the club.
“We are delighted Bob has agreed to join us,” Jenkins said.
“He is highly regarded as a coach and has a wealth of experience on the international and domestic front.
“He is well aware of the club’s footballing philosophy and will provide us with strong leadership qualities and a renewed belief to compete at this level.
“It is never easy changing managers, but we are looking at a long-term appointment and we are confident Bob can settle us down and stabilize matters on and off the pitch.”
Bradley coached the U.S. national team between 2006-2011. He also managed several MLS teams before becoming the national coach. He then took over Egypt national team in late 2011 where he stayed on for about two years. After leaving Egypt, he took over Stabaek in the Norwegian top flight in early 2014. He joined Le Havre last November.