Bob Bradley never could completely win over American fans or journalists during his time at the helm of the US national team, sentiments that look increasingly misguided as his accomplishments benefit from time and perspective.
But nobody can dispute the fact that Bradley has been the epitome of grace since arriving in Egypt to lead the country's national team. In the wake of the Port Said tragedy, Bradley took to the streets to mourn. And he never left when others would have been tempted to take the first flight out of Cairo, staying put as Egypt's political structure and domestic league descended into chaos. In the process, the stoic tactician earned the respect and admiration of a soccer-mad nation desperate to see their team succeed against all odds.
Now, the Pharaohs are doggedly trying to qualify for the 2014 World Cup, currently sitting atop Group G with six points after two matches.
Can they make it to Brazil? That remains to be seen, but they've certainly overcome staggering odds to get this far during arguably the most turbulent period in Egypt's modern history.
Watch Bradley's recent interview with CNN above and let us know what you think in the comment section below. Has your opinion of him changed in the past year?