BBC: Jol or Eriksson for Fulham job
Martin Jol or Sven-Goran Eriksson is expected to be named coach of Fulham next week, the BBC is reporting -- a decision that would end speculation that U.S. World Cup coach Bob Bradley is in line for the English Premier League position.
Roy Hodgson left Craven Cottage two weeks ago to take the Liverpool job. Jol is a former Tottenham boss now with Ajax, and Eriksson, an ex-England and Mexico national team manager, guided the Ivory Coast at the World Cup.
Bradley's name surfaced recently without any substantive foundation. Fulham's fondness for American players and the U.S. team's group success at the World Cup fueled the speculation, but U.S. Soccer Federation contacts said that, to the best of their knowledge, neither Fulham nor any other club had formally requested permission to speak with Bradley, who is under contract with the USSF until Dec. 31.
In today's report, the BBC cites a USSF statement claiming the organization plans to extend the coach's contract. However, a USSF representative told the Insider that the only "statement" issued was a standard comment that has been repeated many times: Bradley is under contract through the end of the year and discussions are continuing in regard to his future with the program.
On condition of anonymity, a prominent USSF official told the Insider that President Sunil Gulati returned to the United States from South Africa on Wednesday and had yet to have a formal meeting with Bradley.
Under Bradley's 3 1/2-year term, the Americans have a 38-20-8 record, including 13-3-2 in World Cup qualifying and 10-1-1 in the Gold Cup. They are one of only two teams to defeat Cup champion Spain in the past four years and finished atop World Cup Group C, ahead of England, before losing to Ghana, 2-1, in extra time in the round of 16.
The Americans will play Brazil in an Aug. 10 friendly at the new Meadowlands stadium in New Jersey.
Meantime, USA captain Carlos Bocanegra is moving to Saint-Etienne from Rennes.
July 16, 2010; 12:20 PM ET
Categories: England , U.S. men's national team , USSF | Tags: Bob Bradley, Carlos Bocanegra, Fulham
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