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U.S. Soccer Coach Bob Bradley Says He’s Interested in Villa Job

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Aug. 22 (Bloomberg) -- U.S. soccer team coach Bob Bradley said he’d be interested in managing Aston Villa in England’s Premier League.

Martin O’Neill quit Villa on Aug. 9 amid media reports of disagreements with American owner Randy Lerner. Kevin MacDonald is in charge on a caretaker basis.

Bradley, 52, led the U.S. to the last 16 of the World Cup in South Africa where it lost 2-1 to Ghana. He said his representatives had made contact with Villa, and he’d be open to discussing the post with Lerner.

“I would certainly be honored to have that conversation but I’m impressed with the way things have been handled (at the club) so far and we’ll see what the future holds,” Bradley told the British Broadcasting Corp’s. Sportsweek radio program.

He added that “of course, I think Aston Villa is a massive club with great history and a great following, and those type of opportunities would of course be of interest.”

Bradley’s contract with U.S. Soccer runs to the end of the year, and he said he’ll continue talks with the organization about whether he’ll stay on.

“They (Villa) have a very good man in Kevin MacDonald who is highly respected in the club so I think on the one hand they are probably putting a list together and on the other making sure Kevin has the time to consider his future as well,” Bradley said. “I had some people do some checking just to find out where things stood.”

Lerner also owns the National Football League’s Cleveland Browns.

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Peter-Joseph Hegarty at phegarty@bloomberg.net

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