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New Swansea City manager Bradley says he is a football manager first

Friday, October 07, 2016 - 01:06

Bob Bradley, the first American to manage an English Premier League soccer team, says he does not want to be labelled an American manager, and says the passion of fans at Swansea City is special.

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SHOWS: SWANSEA, WALES, UK (OCTOBER 7, 2016) (REUTERS - ACCESS ALL) (MUTE) 1. (SOUNDBITE) (English) NEW SWANSEA CITY MANAGER BOB BRADLEY AT NEWS CONFERENCE SAYS: "With football in the United States we have always understood that we have to earn respect. And when I was with the national team every time we got the chance to play in Europe the players and I would understand today is one more day when we can show what the game is like in our country, and so if in some way this helps I am proud of what I have been able to do, so if that helps some people down the road. "But this bit about pioneer and all the rest, I am not an American manager. I am a football manager, all right? So when I come here I realise that there is not one person in Swansea who could care less what anybody in the United States thinks at the moment, okay? They care about their football club, and man I am here to give everything I have for the fans, for the club and I couldn't be more excited about the chance." STORY: Newly appointed Swansea City manager Bob Bradley played down the "pioneer" tag thrust upon him, insisting that the fortunes of the Welsh club were more important than personal milestones. Bradley, the former U.S. national team manager, became the first American coach in England's top flight after being appointed by Swansea earlier this week following the departure of seasoned Italian Francesco Guidolin. "But this stuff about being a pioneer - I'm not an American manager, I'm a football manager," the 58-year-old told reporters. "There's not one person in Swansea who could care less what anybody in the United States thinks at the moment, okay? They care about their football club, and man I am here to give everything I have for the fans, for the club and I couldn't be more excited about the chance." Bradley will be asked to boost the morale of the struggling Welsh side, who are fourth-bottom of the league table.

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New Swansea City manager Bradley says he is a football manager first

Friday, October 07, 2016 - 01:06