Swansea City are looking for their third manager of the season after Bob Bradley was dismissed only 85 days after taking over from Francesco Guidolin.
Bradley’s position became untenable after the crushing 4-1 home defeat against West Ham United on Boxing Day, with the woeful performance and toxic atmosphere inside the Liberty Stadium convincing the club’s American owners that they had to make a change to have any chance of avoiding relegation.
Swansea had been determined not to go down that path and wanted to give Bradley the January transfer window to strengthen the squad he inherited when he was appointed at the start of October.
Yet the West Ham defeat was viewed as a gamechanger within the club and the feeling afterwards was that Bradley’s relationship with the supporters was damaged to such an extent that he had reached the point of no return. More at The Guardian.
Soccer America notes that Swansea City wasn’t the worst team in the EPL during Bradley’s tenure. Both Crystal Palace and Hull City lost more games than Swansea City did, but the Swans were getting blown out.
“I knew exactly what I was getting into when I came to Swansea and realized the hardest part was always going to be getting points in the short run,” Bradley told NBC’s Pro Soccer Talk. “But I believe in myself and I believe in going for it. That’s what I’ve always told my players.”
Yes, to get to the bigs, you have to believe in yourself and go for it. Even when the timing is lousy.