New Swansea manager Bob Bradley said that the opportunity to manage a team in the Premier League was too good to turn down.
The 58-year-old New Jersey native is taking over the Swans, as the club parted ways with Francesco Guidolin on Monday. Bradley leaves Ligue 2 side Le Havre, and will be the first American manager in the Premier League.
“In this moment, the opportunity to go to the Premier League on many levels is special,” Bradley said after his last game with Le Havre (a 2-1 win over Sochaux).
“I am sorry to leave, especially at this moment, but it’s still an opportunity for me, for my family and for American football. That’s important.”
Asked if he thought twice about leaving Le Havre he said: “Honestly, no. In a perfect world I would go right to the end with this team just like last year. But football does not control timing.”
Le Havre missed out on Ligue 1 promotion by just one goal last season, and Bradley said he leaves with strong feelings for the team.
“I’ve loved the time I’ve had with this club,” Bradley said.
“I told the players before the match I’ll never forget the feeling watching our team in the last match of the season last year, as disappointing as it was to fail by one goal.
“To see a team with passion and commitment playing to go to Ligue 1, that picture is part of my football memory that will never go away.”