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The Refreshing Part of Getting Fired

December 30, 2016

Good for Bob Bradley.

When asked about his firing by Swansea City in the Premiere League, instead of playing nice he replied "I'm a little bit pissed off this morning." Then he went on to explain that he had been given assurances the club was getting upgrades in January and that there were some unpublicized off the field issues.

 

Better than in the NFL where fired coaches take their checks and go straight to the bank for fear of their words nullifying their big paydays.

 

I live in the Cleveland, Ohio region, home of the hapless Cleveland Browns in the NFL, who fire coaches on a near annual basis.  Like clockwork, terminated coaches get blown out of the last game of the season, then whacked the day after the season ends.  They mumble something cliche, like, "thanks for the opportunity," then scurry out of the Browns' complex in Berea like thieves, due millions in compensation forthcoming.  3,4,5 years down the road, when the sting of failure has subsided, the terminated coaches are still loathe to talk, anything bad they might say could impact future jobs, including more multi-million dollar paydays.  In their minds, they aren't employees of the Browns, but a bigger entity, the NFL, and you don't want to jeopardize getting knocked out of that club.  I wish for a second for an ex-Browns coach to just be honest about their time in Cleveland....

...but back to Bob Bradley.  Bob Bradley may never coach in the Premiere League again.  Other than Bruce Arena, he may have the best resume of an American Soccer coach, ever.  Bob Bradley was hired by the Swansea City Swans on October 3, 2016 and was gracelessly fired on December 27, 2016, less than 3 months on the job.  In America, that's a good ol' fashioned screw job, but in the Premiere League, that's business as usual, thanks for playing, where relegation to lower leagues ruins some clubs forever.   

 

My favorite punching-bag, Randy Lerner, learned that lesson the hard way.  He ran the Cleveland Browns straight into the ground, but because the business model of the NFL slants heavily toward the owners, he still made a $1 BILLION payday.  The NFL is a bunch of billionaires playing socialism for fun.  Randy Lerner then owned Aston Villa in the Premiere League and got his head handed to him on a platter.  My favorite video is the fans chanting for Randy Lerner's death.  By the time Lerner sold Villa, it was too late, he was bleeding money (some say he lost $100,000 a day while he owned the club) , and now Villa languishes in the Championship League.  

 

At the end of the day, Bob Bradley will coach again.  MLS teams will be lining up outside his door.  I'm sure he will have other chances at lower divisions in England, if that's where he really wants to coach, or he could go to France or Italy.  The point is, he still has options and the Premiere League does not own him.  So like I said at the beginning, good for Bob Bradley, using his free speech to say what's on his mind in Great Britain (technically Wales), where many of his American counterparts in other sports chose not to.

 

(Unless they are trying to sell books.  In 2017, the webcast outline for Beacon of Speech #46 includes my surprising take on George Karl, former Cavs Coach.) 

 

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