's tenure at Swansea City lasted all of 85 days. After the 58-year-old American manager was fired on Tuesday, much of the British media insisted that Bradley was in over his head.
But in Wales, where the circumstances of Bradley's hiring made him unpopular, the view is that Swansea City's continuing problems put Bradley in an impossible situation.
The backdrop to
Bradley's arrival and departure was the deteriorating situation at Swansea City, a classic mid-table club -- no higher than 9th and no lower than 12th in its five seasons in the EPL. The Swans had
three managers last season -- and will have three managers again this season.
As the Daily Express's Alex Bywater noted
, "So long a picture of stability under Jenkins, Swansea’s takeover
in the summer by American businessmen Jason Levien and Steve Kaplan was the start of a nightmare second half of 2016."
By October, the Swans
were floundering under Italian manager Francesco Guidolin
. The Daily Telegraph's John Percy wrote
Bradley won over Swansea City's new owners: "He is understood to have impressed in his interview with his plans for the future and secured the post ahead of intense competition after
But the view of much of the British media was different: "Bradley’s brief reign is likely to see him viewed as one of the worst appointments in
recent top-flight history."
(Percy) "By the time he finally achieved his ambition of managing in England's top flight in October, he arrived as a man completely out of his depth and doomed to
failure in the unforgiving world of Premier League football."
's Mark Ogden
, who covers Swansea City for Wales Media, wrote
that Bradley was in
an untenable situation and firing him won't change things. The Swans are likely doomed whoever now ends up in charge: "Physically, Swansea are not fit enough. Mentally, Swansea are not tough
enough. Individually, Swansea are not good enough."
Lots of names are being thrown out as possible replacements for Bradley, who was Swansea's fourth manager in nine
months. Ryan Giggs
and Paul Clement
, who were contenders when Bradley was hired, Wales coach Chris Coleman
, and Dutchman Frank de Boer
Will they have more
The Daily Mail
i isn't convinced: "Whichever way the next move plays out, the call to sack a second manager in the season is a sizable gamble, given the lack of happy endings in history for clubs
who change multiple times in a campaign."