Norwegians clear way for Bradley to join Sunderland

Date published: Wednesday 7th October 2015 12:43

Bob Bradley: Linked with Sunderland manager's job

Bob Bradley: Linked with Sunderland manager's job

Stabaek chief executive Lars Hjorth insists his club will not stand in Bob Bradley’s way if Sunderland wish to appoint him as manager.

Bradley, who has been in charge of the Norwegian top-flight side for the past two years, has emerged as a surprise contender to become the Premier League strugglers’ new boss.

Dick Advocaat stepped down over the weekend, while the likes of Nigel Pearson, Sean Dyche and David Moyes have all been linked with the vacancy.

But former USA coach Bradley is the surprise other name in the frame, although Hjorth insists he has yet to receive an approach from the Black Cats.

Speaking to talkSPORT, Hjorth says the 57-year-old would have his blessing to make the move to England.

“Bob is allowed to speak with anybody if he wants. That is the contract he made with us when he came to Stabaek,” said Hjorth.

“Bob has done a tremendous job here, he is a fantastic person, and if he can make the step up in his career we would wish him luck.”

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“We haven’t had an approach yet but if Bob got an offer from a club in the Premier League, we would be very happy for him.

“I know that one of his biggest wishes is to train a club in the Premier League so if he gets an offer, we will wish him good luck, and we will be very proud as a small club in Norway to give him the chance to do that.”

Jan Aage Fjortoft believes Bradley would be a good appointment for Sunderland, who have yet to win in the Premier League this season.

Hjorth agrees with his fellow Norwegian, claiming the former USA boss would easily adapt to English football.

“In my opinion he could take over any club in Europe without a problem, maybe apart from the biggest clubs,” he said.

“He has experience of national teams with USA and Egypt. And knowing him for the last two years as a person, as a trainer, I’m sure he would get success in any league he went to.”

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