Report: Bob Bradley passes on Vancouver Whitecaps coaching gig

Bob Bradley at Egypt training

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Bob Bradley won’t be the Vancouver Whitecaps' next head coach, according to a Wednesday report from The Province’s Marc Weber.

Citing anonymous sources, the report indicated that the former US and Egypt national team manager is expected to take a job in Europe. He's been linked heavily to Norwegian top-flight club Stabæk in the last few weeks, initially reported by Norwegian TV2.

Whitecaps president Bob Lenarduzzi said earlier this month that the club is holding out for the best possible candidate, without naming Bradley specifically, and that the search has taken longer than he had hoped.

If the news is true, it could benefit current Whitecaps assistant Carl Robinson, who reportedly was one of five finalists interviewed for the position who also has the support of a handful of players. Vancouver were also reportedly interested in Canadian Frank Yallop, who ultimately took over as the Chicago Fire’s next manager.

According to The Province, the Whitecaps have interviewed former Montreal Impact coach Jesse Marsch, fromer Toronto FC coach Preki and US Under-17 national team coach Richie Williams.

The Whitecaps declined to comment on the report.