U.S. Abroad: Swansea City fans turn on Bob Bradley

Boxing Day is supposed to be a day for giving, but Swansea City fans weren't in much of a giving mood on Monday.

UPDATE: Swansea City fired Bob Bradley on Tuesday.

The Swans lost their third straight match, dropping a 4-1 decision at home to West Ham United that left them mired at the bottom of the English Premier League.

Supporters at Liberty Stadium didn't wait until the end of the game to express their outrage at American manager Bob Bradley, chanting, "We want Bradley out" and "You don't know what you're doing" after the Swans gave up their second goal in the 50th minute.

In the last three games, Swansea City has conceded 10 goals. During the 3-0 loss at Middlesbrough, traveling fans in the Swansea City section chanted, "You're getting sacked in the morning."



There was little chance of that happening, but after another loss. bookmakers have installed Bradley as the favorite to get the boot among EPL managers.

“After 18 games, we’re in a very difficult position," he said. "That also leaves 20 games to fight for staying up, to fight for winning back supporters. We all heard the response in the stadium today. It doesn’t feel good. But in football, sometimes you have to fight when everything’s going against you.”

The loss left the Swans ahead of only Hull City on goal difference. Crystal Palace's 1-1 tie with Watford in Sam Allardyce's first game in charge left Swansea City four points in the drop zone.

"I don’t have regular dealings with the board," he said. "As a manager, when the results go bad you understand that there will be discussion, and that’s not anything you control. So you continue to prepare your team, try to pick the best team, make changes throughout a game to try and affect the game in a positive way, and keep going."

Bradley refused to make excuses, say Swansea was its own worst enemy after another poor defensive showing. It has given up three or more goals in seven of the last nine games.

"After a game like today," he said, "I take responsibility that in all ways it’s not good enough. Inside the dressing room, we have to look at each other and accept that especially in the second half we had that chance to fight back and we weren’t able to do it in a strong enough way."

Bradley wasn't the only Boxing Day target of the ire of Swansea supporters.

The Swans' problems followed the purchase by American owners, majority shareholders Jason Levien and Steve Kaplan, over the summer, and many fans don't like the manner in which the purchase took place.

Chants of "We want our club back" could be heard in the crowd of 20,757. They were also aimed at club chairman Huw Jenkins, taunted with chants of "Jenkins, you're a w*****."

Americans in England:
Premier League
Geoff Cameron (Stoke City), at Liverpool (Tuesday)
Cameron Carter-Vickers (Tottenham), at Southampton (Wednesday)
Lynden Gooch (Sunderland), did not dress, 1-3 at Man. United
Brad Guzan (Middlesbrough), did not play, 0-1 at Burnley
Emerson Hyndman (Bournemouth), did not dress, 0-3 at Chelsea
Gedion Zelalem (Arsenal), did not dress, 1-0 vs. West Bromwich

League Championship

Luca de la Torre (Fulham), did not dress, 2-0 at Ipswich Town
James Murphy (Sheffield Wednesday), did not dress, 1-0 at Newcastle United
Eric Lichaj (Nott. Forest), 90 minutes, 1-2 at Huddersfield Town
Tim Ream (Fulham), 90 minutes, 2-0 at Ipswich Town
Jonathan Spector (Birmingham City), at Derby County (Tuesday)
Danny Williams (Reading), 90 minutes, 3-1 vs. Norwich City
DeAndre Yedlin (Newcastle United), did not play, 0-1 vs. Sheffield Wednesday

12 comments about "U.S. Abroad: Swansea City fans turn on Bob Bradley".
  1. R2 Dad, December 26, 2016 at 9:09 p.m.

    This would be amusing if it wasn't so pathetic. Bob Bradley has been tasked with making a silk purse from a sows ear with these players: Lukasz Fabianski, Alfie Mawson, Mike van der Hoorn, Stephen Kingsley, Angel Rangel, Leon Britton, Jay Fulton, Fernando Llorente, Jack Cork, Borja Bastón, Jefferson Montero, Nathan Dyer, Gylfi Sigurdsson, Wayne Routledge, Leroy Fer, Kyle Naughton, Federico Fernández, Kristoffer Nordfeldt--perhaps 4 quality players and the rest journeymen. Should they not be leaking goals as much? Absolutely. But that new TV contract money needs to be spent to stay up. Who have they signed to replace the 40 goals of Gomis, Ayew and Bony? Llorente has scored 5 & Fer 6. Bad recruiting last summer has sunk them and anything short of a Michu-type impact player won't save them now, but they have the stench of desperation at this point.

  2. Bob Ashpole, December 26, 2016 at 10:39 p.m.

    I watched the match until the first goal. The defending was so bad that I stopped watching. I cannot believe professionals could defend so badly, so I reran the goal five times. It wasn't one mistake. There was at least six bad mistakes leading to the goal. If this were a schoolboy team I would blame the coaching, but these players are professionals they are already supposed to know how to play. If there was a problem with the game plan, then I would blame the coach, but this wasn't a problem with the game plan. This was players acting like they had never played the game before.

  3. David Francis, December 27, 2016 at 5:20 a.m.

    Has Bradley brought his team to a better position than when he found them? Under Bradleys stewardship this team of journeymen have become significantly worse. He's in the running for the worst manager Swansea have had, certainly in the last 20 years. He gives every impression he doesn't know his players, and hasn't worked out the structure that gets the best out of them. There isn't a partnership or team understanding anywhere on the field. When he comes across something that works, he discards it for the next game. He looks like he's drowning. Possibilities for relegation before, certainties now.

  4. Bob Ashpole replied, December 27, 2016 at 10:33 a.m.

    I don't think the problem this year has ever been coaching. The club was broke. It fired the first coach as the cheap solution to an under-performing team and that didn't work. There is no point in firing another coach, not now or even if they are relegated.

  5. Andrew Kear, December 27, 2016 at 7:29 a.m.

    Unlike awful Klinsmann, Bradley has no talent to work with. Maybe they should import some of the better American players. The LA Galaxy is better than Swansea.

  6. Dan Eckert, December 27, 2016 at 8:03 a.m.

    I like Bob - he's a good coach - but the owners do need to deal with the fans (this isn't like the NFL). I think a good path would be for the club to annouce that no matter what - Bob is staying until there is no possible way to get out of the drop zone. And the fans need to support their club A true fan is there thru thick and thin. This is the fan's chance to help in the time of need. This is their chance to show the world they are not just a bunch of cry babies - whiners - and quitters. I doubt this will happen - but imagine if it did.

  7. Dan Eckert, December 27, 2016 at 8:05 a.m.

    I almost forgot - AND WARN THEM if they don't support - they will fire Bob - and replace him with Klinsmann. Then they would be screwed for years to come.

  8. Chuck Gleber , December 27, 2016 at 9:58 a.m.

    I feel bad for BB. The problem is that the boys on the team have no respect for him and they want him out. They are not professionals at all if they think like that, to me as a coach I would take them one by one and sit them until I find the true professional players or even the youth in the club to move forward. Look what happened at Chelsea last year! Mou's Chelsea players were acting like bunch of little girls (excuse my French ladies) and they ended up having a horrid year. Same players different coach this year and they are destroying the rest of the teams in EPL. I believe that is time for fans to see it like it is and turn on the players not the coach! He has put the "best" 11 on the field but those amateurs are not playing football so it is time to treat them with a life lesson. Send them down to lower divisions for loans or sell them and bring the youth up. A note for the fans, support your coach and get after the players, they are the ones that are losing the matches!!

  9. andrew watson, December 27, 2016 at 3:57 p.m.

    What did we expect from an american ,they have only been playing the game a few years, just full of hot air ,tacticaly poor ,and believed you could get the best out of the players by painting black pencil under their eyes and chanting, Sorry guys but the premier is not the second rate american league ,The player are not there to think ,but to follow instructions given by the manager, and in this instants there were;nt any

  10. Bob Ashpole replied, December 30, 2016 at 4:49 p.m.

    What? The USA finished third in the 1930 world cup finals and one of our proudest moments still is beating England at the 1950 finals. Our first college match was played in 1869. The American Football Assn was founded in 1884. The US Open Cup was first played in 1913. The first professional soccer league was founded in 1921.

  11. frank schoon, December 27, 2016 at 6:04 p.m.

    The handwriting was on the wall even before Bradley came. The only coach Swansea City could find to coach it for evenrRyan Giggs, turned it down ,failing to see any potential. Bradley took this job more for prestige being the first American coach in the EPL and it will be another thousand years for another American to take charge. There is no respect for American coaches in Europe, as well as for American players. Bradley knew what to expect and he is taking his lumps...

  12. Wayne Root, January 14, 2017 at 4:37 p.m.

    Swansea didn't get its miracle today, either.

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