Bradley deal ends Villa speculation

Bradley has been linked with a move to the Premier League ever
since Martin O’Neill quit as Villa boss, but those reports now look
certain to come to nothing. A statement on US Soccer’s website
read: “US Soccer has agreed to a contract extension with US men’s
national team head coach Bob Bradley. “The agreement with Bradley,
who guided the US team to numerous achievements including finishing
in first place in their group at the 2010 FIFA World Cup for the
first time in 80 years, will keep him at the helm through the end
of 2014.” Bradley’s men were knocked out of the World Cup at the
last 16 stage by Ghana. He led the team to the 2007 CONCACAF Gold
Cup and to the final of the 2009 Confederations Cup in South
Africa, where the team lost to Brazil. Just over a week ago Bradley
told BBC Radio Five Live: “I’d be honoured to have a conversation
with Randy Lerner. “I’ve had no contact with him. There have been
talks with my representatives to find out the situation.” Villa
have been without a permanent manager since Martin O’Neill resigned
from the post earlier this month. Kevin MacDonald has been working
with the first team since the Northern Irishman’s departure in a
caretaker capacity. Bradley became an outsider for the Villa job
when the club’s chief executive Paul Faulkner issued a statement on
Sunday describing previous Premier League managerial experience as
one of the key criteria in the recruitment process, something which
the American does not have.