Montclair, NJ, United States (4E Sports) – Former US men’s national soccer team coach Bob Bradley has confirmed that he’s talking with Norwegian club Stabaek about its managerial vacancy.
“Of the different discussions that are going on right now, the one with Staebek is the furthest along,” Bradley said. “The discussions I have had with them have been positive.”
Norway’s top division, known as the Tippeligaen, is not a favorite European coaching destinations but Bradley’s possible entry could overcome the league’s lack of notoriety.
“I feel strongly that working in that situation with my experience and, with what they want to do, we can find our way to making a team successful,” Bradley said. “I am excited about those conversations, but nothing’s final yet.”
Bradley recently completed an incredible run as coach of Egypt where he brought the Pharaohs to the brink of World Cup qualification before losing in a two-legged playoff to Ghana, last November.
Following his side’s 7-3 aggregate defeat, the Egyptian FA decided against renewing Bradley’s contract. Disappointed and sad at falling short of the World Cup, the American coach looks at Europe as his next destination.
“Shortly after I got fired by the U.S., the Egypt opportunity came along,” he said. “This was once in a lifetime but it’s important to continue in the direction I set out on, which is to be in Europe, to be in a club situation.”
Stabaek was founded in 1912 and has won the Tippeligaen in 2008. After a 16th finish in 2012 they were relegated to the Adeccoligaen (Norway 2nd Division) where they finished in second place earning immediate promotion back to the top-flight.
Stabaek’s 2014 Tippeligaen season begins on March 29th when De blaa welcome Sogndal to the 7,000 person capacity Nadderud Stadion.