Report: Bradley doesn’t get Santos job


The hunt for Bob Bradley's next coaching job continues.

According to reports out of Mexico, Santos Laguna is set to hire Benjamin Gallindo as its head coach, opting to go with the former standout player and one-time Santos coach (2006) over the former U.S. national team boss.

Bradley had been in Torreon, Mexico, to interview for the position and was considered a serious candidate but ultimately appears to have been passed over for the job.

Bradley still remains a top candidate to coach the Egyptian national team, whose vacancy is expected to be filled in the coming week. Former Ghana coach Milovan Rajevac has also emerged as a top candidate for the position.

What do you think of this development? Disappointed Bradley won't be coaching in Mexico? Where would you like to see him end up? Egypt? MLS?

Share your thoughts below.

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76 Responses to Report: Bradley doesn’t get Santos job

  1. DanO says:

    Bradley is too good of a coach to not land a job somewhere, and hopefully soon for him. I don’t watch much of the Mexican league, but I’m curious how Bradley’s pragmatic approach would work in Mexico. Interest from a Mexican team just seemed like a bad fit to me. Are there any fans of the Mexican league or Santos Laguna that could explain how he would have fit in?

  2. Dennis says:

    It is a tough time of the year to find a head coaching job. That, coupled with the blind-sided release by Gulati, puts Bradley in a hard spot to find a position that would both fit him and help him to continue in soccer at a higher level.

  3. Jeff Awesome says:

    Bradley should take the Egypt job at whatever salary they are offering. He can definitely get them to the World Cup and it will cement his reputation.

  4. mdf says:

    Bummer though he may be better as a nat team coach.

  5. rlw2020 says:

    i was really looking forward to seeing Bob coaching Santos vs. Colorado on Tuesday!

  6. ___commntr says:

    He doesn’t even speak Spanish. Duh. Imagine, like, the Pacers hiring a non-English speaking national team coach from a country which isn’t even that good at basketball–say Chile. Obvs an ill conceived publicity stunt by Santos or Bradley’s agent.

  7. Twhitles says:

    MLS, RED BULLS! If the Red Bulls don’t improve and make the playoffs it’s a crime. I know Backe is last seasons savior, but there is no way after the Bulls focused on only the MLS season and with the the talent they have in their first team; that they should not at least make the playoffs.

  8. rlw2020 says:

    after the Euro ends next summer a lot of coaching changes are made in the other hemisphere.. not the worst time to be looking for a job..

  9. mistadoblina says:

    seriously Bob should take it over!

  10. Shane says:

    The Red Bulls should have already fired Backe and hired Bradley.

  11. RK says:

    The way they fire coaches in Mexico, he would’ve been looking for a new job by Christmas.

  12. YO says:

    That is good news, he doesn’t need to go to Mejico.

  13. A says:

    Did anyone really believe he was going to get the Santos or the Egypt job? LOL he doesn’t even speak Spanish.

    These were nothing more than ill-advised publicity stunts from his agent in an attempt to drum up interest from clubs.

    Nobody wants Bob Bradley.

  14. jon says:

    Please come to redbulls bob!!!! We’ll show you the love in NYC!

  15. T says:

    Red Bulls and San Jose might be looking for a coach at the end of the season. Bob would be a great candidate for any of them, imho

  16. Shane says:

    He’s had way more success as a coach than Klinsmann, unless you want to give Klinsi credit for Low’s work in Germany.

  17. Marc Silverstein says:

    Seltzer is apparently reporting that he has a standing job offer from Egypt.

  18. Dune Man says:

    It would be funny if he went to coach for Chicago again…all those “Fire Bob Bradly” signs could still be used and just pencil in “GO” before “Fire” and “Bob”. Its Santos loss…I would like to see him take up some relegated team in England or one that has maybe been close a few years and see if he can get them back into the top.

  19. Steve C says:

    If i’m not mistaken, Roberto Mancini couldn’t speak English when he was hired by Man City. (Someone can clarify that for me.) So, the language barrier isn’t always an excuse.

  20. Jamie Z. says:

    That is a very strange analogy.

  21. patrick says:

    i hope you’re kidding. There are hundreds, of coaches coaching abroad that don’t speak the native language. Guus Hiddink, Fabio Capello (yes, im counting his english after 4+ years as not good enough) and countless others. Language has nothing to do with it

  22. A says:

    Loew’s work?

    Loew was the head coach of a no-name Austrian team when Klinsmann discovered him and gave him the opportunity as an assistant.

    It was Klinsmann’s philosophy and tactics that brought Germany back after their group stage Euro crash in ’04 to third place in the ’06 World Cup.

    Berlin threw a parade for Klinsmann. And when Loew took over after Klinsmann decided to not renew his contract, he said that he would be continuing Klinsmann’s tactics and philosophy because he believed that they would lead Germany to success. And would you look at that?

    The only people who believe in this bull about Loew being the real coach and Klinsmann doing nothing are Americans.

  23. A-Lott says:

    Makes perfect sense to me. Bob Bradley only flew to Mexico and Egypt to pretend that he was being interviewed for coaching vacancies in those countries.

  24. A says:

    No idea if that is true or not, but there is a real difference between England and Mexico.

    Mexico has a level of nationalism that would crucify a team for hiring a coach who did even speak Spanish. England is a bunch of mercenaries as it is lol

  25. Poo says:

    african qualifying is really hard in that they have group winners play I believe, so it’s easy to blow the whole process with a bad game.

  26. wilyboy says:

    In other news: Duh.

    A Mexican club not being managed by an American? Get out.

  27. Hood Rich says:

    He would have never fit in with the Santos brand of futbol.

    Santos are an all-out attacking team. They used to be stacked with attacking talent : Ludena, Quintero, Benitez, Vuoso. Now they just have Ludena and Quintero.

    They aren’t as good as they were 2 – 3 yrs ago since the good ones left. Anyways, maybe they are considering changing their philosophy since they don’t have the personnel to play that type of attacking brand of futbol anymore.

  28. Cylo says:

    Yeah but it rarely happens in the mexican league. He has a point about him not speaking spanish. The Mexicans are a lil wierd about that

  29. jon jones says:

    Actually, if you listened to pundits (futbol picante) or read the news (mediotiempo) you would have known how much bob bradley is respected in mexico (much more than in the us) and how real a possibility it was.

  30. BlueWhiteLion says:

    umm, and Ralph Honigstein, to name at least one. you obviously don’t read German media.

  31. A says:

    I was living there lol

  32. Second City says:

    Blind-sided release?

    Sunil did Bradley a favor be rehiring him when Bradley was in this exact situation after the World Cup, looking for employment elsewhere and coming up with zero interviews. To say nothing of the fact that Bradley is still on the books by the USSF.

    Sunil and Bradley settled for their back-up plan after the World Cup when he signed back on to manage the national team. This “blind-sided” talk is a complete stretch.

    It was his time. Bradley knew it. Sunil knew it and it appeared his players knew it, too.

    Frankly, it was his time after the World Cup. Difference is, he’s getting paid to look for another job, as opposed to being just generally unemployed.

  33. Second City says:

    How do you know he isn’t fluent in spanish? The man DID go to Princeton, after all.

  34. A-Lott says:

    Sorry, Jon, but nobody wants Bob Bradley. I have A’s assurance on this fact. He lived in Germany, so he must know what he’s talking about.

  35. fischy says:

    What makes you think there is an offer for him to take?

  36. fischy says:

    He does speak Spanish. Duh.

  37. Judging Amy says:


  38. fischy says:

    LOL. You’re such an ignoramus you don’t even know he does speak Spanish pretty well.

  39. fischy says:

    I hate people who think it’s cool to type “lol” to what they’ve written.

  40. A says:

    Don’t take my word for it, he’s unemployed for a reason.

  41. guy fawkes says:

    The Serb will get the job with Egypt – he is an intellectual giant compared to Bob.
    Bradley will have the winter to come back down to earth and end up at a college program – where he belongs.
    Just hope he does not come back to the Fire – which is his best potential offer I can see him getting.

  42. Paul says:

    In a weird, weird way, Bradley replacing Backe makes sense. I’m not sure how long Backe is committed to RBNY, and if they don’t make the playoffs I can see management showing him the door. Bradley has experience, had great success in MLS, and is well respected.

  43. MTs says:

    Yeah, DanO in Chitcago LOL!

  44. MTs says:

    Who needs that s*it i Egipt tell me man.

  45. DanO says:

    ???Did I steal someone’s posting name??? This DanO is a MassHole. Go Revs… Er, go Revs reserves??? Er… Nevermind.

  46. MTs says:

    and you idiot believe to media LOL!

  47. Joey says:

    I’m not so sure about the Red Bulls or San Jose but maybe a Div 3 college team might think he’s a good coach

  48. Shane says:

    And Phillip Lahm said it too. I could be wrong A. We will see with the USA wont we. He’ll be given lots of time and rope, not like at Bayern. He got accolades in Germany because he was so enthusiatic and returned some German nationalism to their team and fans. That was a significant contribution; something that country needed. It’s not needed in a USA coach, we’ve got plenty of cheerleaders.

  49. abc says:

    So he’s been employed fairly consistently for decades, and will probably be employed again soon, yet we should be reading something into the fact that he’s been unemployed for a whole freaking month?

  50. BigProfMan says:

    Bob coached a top 15 team, he should be able to find a job. I hate for Bob to come home to MLS, because everyone and their grandmother knows that would mean a huge paycut. After putting in 5 years for the USA, Bob deserves a good paycheck. The mexicans chickened out.

  51. BigProfMan says:

    yeah, why are the mexicans so weird about that? sure we invaded them on 2 or 3 occasions, but lets not forget the 14 new mexicans Pancho Villa killed, and we’re not all weird about mexican coaches in the US.

  52. V for Vendetta says:

    Remember, remember the 5th of November !

  53. PanchoMiguelMoralesdeConejo says:

    Show me the 1 interview that BB has done in Spanish and I’ll agree with you. In the 4+ years at the helm of the Nat’s team with the multiple games played in LATAM, I never once saw an interview with him in Spanish….Sorber yes….but not Bradley.

    So, I think the point of not being capable of communicating in Spanish played in Santos Laguna’s decision…as it should. The same as an MLS coach must know English. The same as any league dependent on a talent pool the nation it plays in.

    Perhaps some countries have lessened their quota of ‘name of nation’ requirements. In the US, the MLS requires that 22 of the 30 slots (on average, as these ‘slots’ can be traded), consist of ‘non-International’, thus ‘English’ speaking slots. I’m not sure of what the % of international slots are in Mexico, but I’m guessing they are similar at about 70-80% for ‘nationals’.

    To think that local language is not a big consideration is being completely blind to reality.

  54. Second City says:

    …and that has what to do with my response to Dennis?

  55. jlm says:

    The new signs:


  56. biff says:

    No, Milovan Rajevac, the guy who coached Ghana in WC 2010, will not get the job. Apparently, according to one news story, Egypt offered him the job a couple of days ago, but he turned it down because Egypt would not meet his salary demands. According to this story, Egypt now is turning attention back to BB and wants him.

    Milovan’s Demands Rule Him Out Of Egypt Job

    link to

  57. BigProfMan says:

    Imagine a former US Pres 2nd City who then cant get one of those lucrative speaking gigs, not because he was embroiled in controversy or legal issues. How obscene is that? Leaders of a great country should be able to cash in after time served, otherwise it reflects badly on us Dennis.

  58. Second City says:

    I have no idea what point you’re trying to make in either post and how it correlates with anything I’ve said.

  59. marco says:

    Word on ‘all soccer rumors’, Santos rejected the Bradley/Bornstein package.

  60. DaveW says:

    If your talking about foreign player spots the limit in Mexico’s first division is 5 per team. And the great majority of foreign players in the league are Latin American.

  61. GW says:

    “This US National team coach, or interim coach I should say, Bob Bradley, speaks fluent Spanish, and English of course. The US Federation I believe making it a requirement, or a prerequisite, a rule I’m sure they’ll break if the right coach comes along. The former England national team coach, Sven Goran Erikson, I hear speaks at least four or five languages. Then there are coaches like Bora or Guus Hiddink, who must know a tribe of languages or bits and pieces due to their stints as national team coaches.”

    From soccer-trainig-info. I can’t vouch for it’s accuracy.

  62. inkedAG says:

    I’d like Bob Bradley to progress and coach a non-American team.

  63. ___commntr says:

    Oh is that the place where they tell you that taking a semester of Spanish III means you’re fluent in Spanish? I think somebody must have told Grant Wahl that too. He actually went on CNN Espanol recently to talk about Klinsmann. I was embarrassed for him watching it, but those Ivy kids have such indestructible self esteem, Grant tweeted the link. Like, look teacher, watch me habla-in’ el Spanish!

  64. pd says:

    I think it’s funny that you would assume that the guy just rubber stamps each club he presides over. Every coach has principles, but good coaches try to capitalize the strengths of their roster… Of course it’s not so straightforward since there are many other issues and voices involved, but I think BB deserves abut more credit in his ability to shift…

  65. pd says:

    Blind sided?

  66. RB says:

    Guess this explains why he was never listed on the Santos site as their coach.

  67. GW says:

    You may remember Guus Hiddink?

    He managed South Korea to their best finish in the World Cup and is still considered an idol there?

    I’m pretty sure he doesn’t speak any Korean.

  68. GW says:

    Maybe but they wouldn’t be likely to match his severance pay salary.

    Bradley can afford to be selective and I doubt he wants to go back to the MLS right now.

  69. GW says:

    My understanding is he speaks enough to get by. My guess would be if he did live in Mexico it would not be long before it would improve dramatically.

    Spanish is lot easier to pick up as a foreigner than Egyptian Arabic.

  70. GW says:

    Tell that to the millions of unemployed people in this country, smart guy,

  71. GW says:

    In August of 2010 BB signed a 4-year extension.

    I believe, and correct me if I’m wrong, under the terms of his contract, he will still be paid his salary until the contract ends or until he gets another job. I haven’t read the contract but that is usually how these deals work.

    He is getting paid about $500,000 grand a year for the next 3 years, at this point, to not work.

    That means he is probably too expensive for most MLS teams, not that he wants to go back any time soon. It also means he can afford to be a litte bit selective about what jobs he chooses to take.

    Technically, he is employed because he has a valid contract and is being paid to not manage the US team. Nice work if you can get it. If that is what getting fired means, we should all be so lucky.

  72. pd says:

    Not if you’re a hater…

  73. Offering Xanax says:

    I swear the god the vitrol expressed over Bradly would make you think he was asteve Sampson… You all need to chill!