Ferguson backs Bradley for Fulham job

HOUSTON – Sir Alex Ferguson has backed US manager Bob Bradley for the job as manager of English Premier League club Fulham.

“I know he’s been linked to the Fulham job and I don’t think it’s beyond his boundaries at all,” Ferguson told media at the All-Star press conference. “He’s a young man. And I don’t’ think there’s anything wrong with him seeking a challenge in Europe or England, for that matter.”

The Manchester United manager on Monday expressed his admiration for the US head coach, whose contract at the helm of the national team expires in December. Ferguson’s comments came during Manchester United’s preparations for the MLS All-Star Game.

“I think he’d do well [in England], I like Bob,” Ferguson said. “I like his approach. I think he’s got a steely determination about him. I think he’s done a fantastic job.”

Bradley himself has commented in recent weeks that he feels that his work with the national team is more appreciated overseas than it is in the United States. Ferguson’s comments on Monday from Houston backed his statement.

“I’m surprised the USA have not sprinted to his house to get him a new contact,” Ferguson said. “I think that what he’s achieved with the USA has been very good.”

Fulham are yet to make a decision on a manager. After they failed to land Ajax manager Martin Jol, the rumored candidates now include Sven-Göran Eriksson, Mark Hughes, Jürgen Klinsmann and Alan Curbishley.


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