Stabaek clear way for Bob Bradley to join Sunderland

Former USA coach Bob Bradley is currently in charge of Norwegian club Stabaek.

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Stabaek chief executive Lars Hjorth insists the Norwegian club will not stand in Bob Bradley’s way if Premier League strugglers Sunderland wish to appoint him as manager.

Former USA head coach Bradley, 57, who has been in charge of the Norwegian top-flight side since January 2014, has emerged as a shock contender to become the Black Cats’ new boss.

Sam Allardyce, Nigel Pearson, David Moyes and Sean Dyche have been linked with the Sunderland job since Dick Advocaat left the club following last weekend’s 2-2 draw against West Ham United.

Sunderland, who are owned by American businessman Ellis Short, are currently 19th in the EPL after drawing three and losing five of their eight matches so far this season.

Hjorth says Bradley would have his blessing to make the move to England but insists that Stabaek are yet to receive an approach from Sunderland.

Hjorth told English sports radio station talkSPORT: "Bob is allowed to speak with anybody if he wants. That is the contract he made with us when he came to Stabaek.

"Bob has done a tremendous job here, he is a fantastic person, and if he can make the step up in his career we would wish him luck.

"We haven’t had an approach yet but if Bob got an offer from a club in the Premier League, we would be very happy for him.

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"I know that one of his biggest wishes is to train a club in the Premier League so if he gets an offer, we will wish him good luck, and we will be very proud as a small club in Norway to give him the chance to do that."

And Hjorth believes Bradley would adapt to English football.

"In my opinion he could take over any club in Europe without a problem, maybe apart from the biggest clubs," he said.

"He has experience of national teams with USA and Egypt. And knowing him for the last two years as a person, as a trainer, I’m sure he would get success in any league he went to."