Bob Bradley Offered Whitecaps Job
Vancouver Whitecaps are closing in on the search for their new head coach.
Sources close to the process have confirmed to Soccerly that former US national team coach Bob Bradley has been offered the job but has yet to make a decision on whether he will accept the position. It is thought he will command an annual salary in the region of $1 million as the Whitecaps look to break the bank to land an experienced big name replacement for Martin Rennie, who was let go by the club at the end of last month.
News of the Whitecaps' interest in Bradley was first revealed on a local soccer podcast ten days ago and Vancouver's Province newspaper confirmed on Thursday that the Whitecaps had indeed spoken with the recently fired Egypt boss last weekend. The Whitecaps have been clear from the start that a key component for the man to take over at the helm is the need to have MLS experience as either a manager or a player and Bradley certainly has a wealth of the former, with 11 years of Major League Soccer managerial experience already under his belt.
After a successful college career Bradley first made the move to MLS in 1996 as Bruce Arena's assistant for two season in DC. He was given the opportunity to manage the new expansion team in Chicago in 1998 and he guided the Fire to success in both the MLS Cup and the US Open Cup in his first season in charge.
After five years in Chicago, Bradley was lured by the chance to coach his home state New York/New Jersey MetroStars in 2003. Success was not to follow him to the struggling franchise and he was sacked as manager towards the end of the 2005 season, before heading west to take over Chivas USA the following year.
That Chivas appointment was Bradley's last managerial job at club level and he has spent the last seven years managing at international level, first with the US and most recently with Egypt. Taking over the US national team towards the end of 2006, Bradley was at first named interim coach before being awarded the job permanently in May of the following year.
A 2007 Gold Cup win followed and Bradley was to easily guide the US to the 2010 World Cup in South Africa before going out to a second round defeat to Ghana. Bradley was dismissed from the job a year later but was soon named the manager of the Egyptian national team, where he remained for two years until his sacking last month.
The subsequent dismissal of Bradley has proved to be perfect timing for the Whitecaps, but despite the large salary offer there is still no guarantee that Vancouver will get their man. Bradley will have no shortage of suitors and he is still thought to harbor hopes of managing in Europe or once again at international level.
The longer the situation goes on without a firm commitment, then the bigger the chance that someone will come in and swoop the 55 year old away from under Vancouver's nose and questions will also start to be asked around just how much Bradley wants the job or whether he is holding out for something better. There also has to be some concerns surrounding the time that Bradley has spent away from managing at club level.
A lot has changed in Major League Soccer since he last coached at Chivas. If Bradley chooses to accept the Whitecaps offer he is expected to bring his own coaching staff in to the club with him.
That new coaching team may include fellow candidate Jesse Marsch. The former Montreal Impact boss played under Bradley at DC United and Chicago Fire and was his assistant for a short spell with the US national team.
Marsch would bring with him more recent knowledge of Major League Soccer, having coached the expansion Impact in their inaugural 2011 season, and would be a further boost to the Whitecaps in terms of experience and help Bradley readjust to the daily running of a football club once again. For now Vancouver have to play the waiting game but a decision is expected this week.
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