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.