UPDATE: Swansea City fired Bob Bradley on
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*****."
Quite a clear message at the game today... "We want Bradley out." So much more than Bradley wrong with this club, unfortunately. pic.twitter.com/OpduJbTOAl— A b i g a i l (@swanabi) December 26, 2016
Americans in England:
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
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