Bob Bradley was fired by Swansea City on Tuesday, just 11 matches after taking over the beleaguered club. It marked the second-shortest managerial tenure in Premier League history and an obvious blow to the first American to ever manage in a major European league.
The decision to sack Bradley wasn’t entirely surprising, considering that he lost seven of his 11 matches in charge of the Swans. But even that was an improvement on his predecessor, Francesco Guidolin, who was fired after seven matches. With a weak squad and the Swans already in the relegation zone, some questioned why Bradley wanted a job that seemed impossible to succeed in.
The difficulty was not lost on Bradley when he took the job.
“It’s very difficult to take a team over midseason, but for me, it’s not always that those type of opportunities come along every day,” Bradley told FOX Sports’ Keith Costigan just hours before he was fired. “So at that point the situation. I think you’ve gotta be willing to go for it and take risk. Challenges are important.”
Bradley knew the responsibility he had in trying to keep Swansea from relegation. Unfortunately, he wasn’t able to do a ton to help them out of their hole. Now that task will be left to the Swans’ third manager of the season, whoever that may be.