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Bradley: Americanisms no issue

Bob Bradley insists focus on his use of American terminology did not interfere with his work as Swansea boss.

Bradley became the first American to manage in the Premier League when the Swans appointed him at the start of October, but his stay lasted only 85 days before he was sacked on Tuesday, after only two wins in 11 games in charge.

The 58-year-old was ridiculed for his use of Americanisms and, after he referred to a penalty kick as "PK" and playing away from home as a "road game" in the wake of a 3-0 defeat by Middlesbrough, it was used as a stick to beat him with.

Being lampooned on Sky's Soccer AM - who poked fun by using Americanisms in "Brad Bobley Soccer Camps" - also did him no favours.

However, he said that it had no effect on the work he was doing in south Wales.

"I received no xenophobia from the players and staff I worked with every day, from the media here who paid real attention, got to know me through the press conferences," he told BBC Radio 5 Live.

"There were people on the outside that for no apparent reason took shots, but I was never bothered by that, it was always going to be part of the game when an American got the chance. None of that interfered with my work."

Despite the short stint at the Liberty Stadium, the former United States coach is confident he is up to the job of managing in the EPL again.

"I am up to it, I know the players appreciated the honest work every day, many commented about the quality of training, the man-management, the preparation," he said.

"I know I can work at this level, over and over." - PA SPORT

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