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30th Dec 2016

Bob Bradley delivers another blunt assessment of his Swansea departure

Not a happy man...

Simon Lloyd

In the short time he was manager of Swansea City, Bob Bradley didn’t do enough to convince the owners that he could preserve the club’s Premier League status.

As the hunt goes on for his replacement, the American is making it perfectly clear that he’s not too impressed at their decision to show him the door.

After admitting he was “pissed off” at the decision in an interview with talkSPORT, Bradley has now accused the club’s co-owners – Jason Levien and Steve Kaplanof  – of “losing their nerve” after their decision to end his time at the helm after just 11 games in charge.

“They lost their nerve. They reacted to the fans and didn’t have the strength to see it through,” he told ESPN FC.

“That part I’m not happy about. I spoke very quickly to Jason Levien [after losing to West Ham], I received a message from Steve Kaplan and both referenced something about ‘unfair’.

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“But you always tell your players that the game will challenge you in all sorts of ways. The game can be cruel. In order to have any chance you have to be strong.

“You have to believe in your work, you have to believe in how you do things as a group. It can’t be thrown off track every time something goes against you.”

Clearly, Bradley had hoped for a chance to strengthen his squad in the January transfer window, but suggested that the 4-1 defeat by West Ham on Boxing Day saw any such plans abandoned.

“What I think happened is that [result] made everybody nervous,” he explained.

“That loss and that feeling inside the Liberty that day meant that all the discussions and all the plans got thrown out of the window, and somebody needed to go. And let’s face it, the way that works is the first one that’s out is the manager.

“I’m disappointed that somehow, when a few games go against you, all of a sudden all of those discussions and all of the ideas of what it was going to take to turn this around got pushed aside.”