Report: Bob Bradley takes Egypt national team job
Former US national team manager Bob Bradley has been appointed as the new head coach of the Egyptian national team, according to The Associated Press.
Egyptian FA press officer Azmi Megahed told the AP on Wednesday that Bradley has accepted the position and is headed to Cairo this weekend to sign the deal.
Bradley's representative, Ron Waxman, refused to comment on the news when contacted by MLSsoccer.com.
Bradley was fired from the same post with the US national team in July, following the conclusion of the CONCACAF Gold Cup which ended with a 4-2 loss at the hands of Mexico. Shortly afterward he became a candidate for the head coaching job at Mexican side Santos Laguna as well as one of the finalists for the Egypt post, along with former Ghana coach Milovan Rajevac, ex-Colombia and Trinidad and Tobago coach Francisco Maturana and former Montenego coach Zoran Filipovic.
Bradley coached the USA to a 3-0 win over the Egyptians in the 2009 Confederations Cup. Also, Bradley's goalkeeper coach with the US national team was Zak Abdel, former goalkeeper for the Egyptian national team. There is no word on potential staff hires.
Egypt have already been eliminated from the African Cup of Nations despite being three-time defending champions.
It's not the first time that Bradley has been linked to a foreign job. Last summer, in the wake of the USA's second-round elimination from the 2010 World Cup, there was rumored interest from English Premier League clubs Fulham and Aston Villa for Bradley's services. After both clubs went another direction, Bradley signed a new deal with the US national team.
Bradley started as a manager in the pro ranks when he took over the expansion Chicago Fire in 1998 and led them to an MLS Cup and US Open Cup double in their first season. It was his best season as an MLS manager in a career that included stints at the MetroStars and Chivas USA.
In another high-profile appointment of an American coach to lead another national team, Steve Sampson took over the Costa Rica national side in 2002. He was the USA's World Cup coach at France '98 and later managed the LA Galaxy to an MLS Cup title in 2005.