New Swansea manager Bob Bradley has hit out at United States national team manager Jurgen Klinsmann for comments he made while Bradley was in charge.
Bradley, 58, has not discussed his firing back in 2011, but he spoke for the first time about it while he was presented as the new Swansea boss. The New Jersey native hit out at Klinsmann, saying that he was vying for his job even before he got sacked.
“From the day I got fired from the US, I’ve not said one thing publicly about that team,” Bradley said. “I don’t appreciate the way it was done. I think they made a mistake.
“I’m glad that Jurgen said some nice things now. When he did commentary on the 2010 World Cup, he was already jockeying for the job. I shut my mouth, continued to support the team because I of course want to see the team do well, Michael [Bradley’s son] is the captain. So if [Klinsmann] said something in a nice way I appreciate it and if at some point he chooses to try to work outside the U.S., I wish him the best.”
Bradley also confirmed that he will keep Alan Curtis as part of the training staff at Swansea.
“For me Alan Curtis will be very important,” Bradley added. “He’s going to be my older brother – only a little older. His sense of the club, his eye, his experience will be important. I’m working on getting the right balance. What I’m not doing is bringing in a whole staff.
“When I have spoken to clubs here, the sense of making sure there’s stability, a football staff in place that doesn’t change every time a manager changes is important. I see good things at Swansea City.”