Steve Bruce’s departure from Hull has clearly left the Tigers in a tizzy, as countless coaches with varying ways and means of getting results are linked with the KC Stadium hotseat.
Roberto Martinez is fancied to get a look in, with Steve McClaren, Ryan Giggs, Gianfranco Zola and even lower-league stalwart Steve Evans, last seen trying to steer the good ship Leeds United away from yet another iceberg, all mentioned as possible, if somewhat unlikely, candidates.
Former United States Men’s National Team boss Bob Bradley was chalked up as a hot tip in recent days, when speculation mounted that the Tigers were set to hold talks with the man who would become the first American to manage in the Premier League.
The rumour has died down a little, if not gone away, unsurprisingly considering the chance Hull would be taking in making such an appointment.
Bradley certainly believes he’s up to it, with this recent quote circulated in the US saying it all:
“When I have a chance to observe different managers, the ones that do good work, I mention [Mauricio] Pochettino, [Jurgen] Klopp, [Thomas] Tuchel… maybe I’m stupid, but I think I’m a manager in and around that level.
“I’m not saying I’m better than these guys – I haven’t had those types of opportunities…”
Admirable sentiment, but not borne out in any way by the 58-year-old’s career so far, where achievements are difficult to discern.
Winning the MLS Cup with Chicago Fire in 1998 and the CONCACAF Gold Cup with USMNT nine years later, during a modest period bossing his country, allied with middling results in charge of Egypt, Norwegian outfit Stabaek and French Ligue 2 side Le Havre, aren’t enough to recommend Bradley.
Take new Southampton boss Claude Puel, formerly coach of Lille and Lyon in the Champions League, whose Nice side finished 20 places above Bradley’s Le Havre in the French league ladder last term, with both clubs bagging fourth in their respective divisions
Hull’s sights are forced lower than Saints’ at the moment, but this is a risk they shouldn’t be prepared to take if they are to confound relegation odds of 7/10.