Why did Bob Bradley deserve the Swansea job over Ryan Giggs?

Why did Bob Bradley deserve the Swansea job over Ryan Giggs?

When Bob Bradley was appointed as manager of Swansea City in place of the outgoing Francesco Guidolin, he became the first American manager to ply his trade in the Premier League. However, much of the talk amongst pundits and journalists since his appointment has been regarding another candidate for the job – Ryan Giggs. A number of prominent names, such as Robbie Savage, believe that Giggs should have been given the job ahead of Bradley, but that is simply not the case.

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First of all, Swansea understandably opted for experience. Whilst Bradley may never have coached in the Premier League before, his first job in management came in 1981 and he has never been out of work for more than a few months since then. With coaching experience in the MLS, Norway and France, as well as on the international scene having led the United States for five years and Egypt for a further two years. In comparison, Giggs has just three years of coaching experience in the United set-up with only two years as an assistant manager and a brief caretaker manager spell to show for his experience.

The Swans are currently only outside of the relegation zone on goal difference and Bradley’s experience is much needed. Whilst Giggs can claim to have greater Premier League experience, he has never faced a relegation battle in his career as a player or a manager, and would not only have to adjust to being a manager, but also to the realities of a struggling team. At a time when leadership and experience is needed to lift the heads of a Swansea side lacking confidence, Giggs shows no signs of being that man. With Paul Clement and Marcelino the other candidates believed to be interviewed, both of whom have experience at Europa League level in the case of the Spaniard, and international and Champions League level in the case of Clement, experience was clearly a top priority for the Swansea board.

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In addition, speculation suggests that Bradley impressed on interview whilst Giggs failed to convince members of the board who were hesitant over his lack of experience. Given that Giggs has since claimed that the club’s ambitions did not match his, it is not ludicrous to suggest that he was not the man for the job. With the Welshman reported to have already decided on how his backroom team would look at the Liberty Stadium, it does not seem that he was underprepared, but the Swans are unlikely to have been expecting anything ridiculous from the Manchester United legend.

Giggs is also likely to have opted for an attacking style of play similar to that deployed during his brief spell in charge at Old Trafford in a caretaker capacity, something that may not have suited Swansea at present. With their only clean sheet this campaign coming on the first day of the season, the defensive expertise of Bradley go a long way to show why he may have been chosen over the Champions League winner.

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Time will tell if the appointment of Bradley was the correct one or not, and it seems inevitable that it will only be a matter of time before Ryan Giggs begins his managerial career. It does not seem that a relegation battle is the ideal place for him to start that challenge, and this job may well have been the wrong place at the wrong time, and he will have undoubtedly taken note from his former teammates experience as Gary Neville suffered a disastrous start to his career in Valencia, but to suggest that he has a divine right to a Premier League job is wrong.

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