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Ferguson backs Bradley to succeed in Europe

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Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson knows Bob Bradley well and believes the U.S. national team manager could succeed as a European club coach if given the chance.

Speaking ahead of Wednesday's MLS All-Star Game, Ferguson expressed his belief that Bradley could coach in the English Premier League, or any league in Europe for that matter.

"I know he's been linked to the Fulham job and I don't think it's beyond his boundaries at all," Ferguson said of Bradley. "He's a young man, and I don't think there's anything wrong with him seeking a challenge in Europe or England for that matter.

"I think he'd do well (in England)."

Bradley has spent time with Ferguson in the past, learning from the legendary Scottish manager. It was Bradley who, as coach of the MetroStars back in 2003, pointed out that teams like Manchester United should play MLS teams when they come to the United States. A sentiment he shared directly with Ferguson, who seven years later is about to lead Manchester United against its third MLS opponent in a week.

Ferguson also expressed some disbelief that Bradley has yet to be re-signed as U.S. national team head coach for the next World Cup cycle.

"I'm surprised the USA have not sprinted to his house to get him a new contact," Ferguson said. "I think that what he's achieved with the USA has been very good."

Ferguson's comments echo sentiments I shared in a recent Fox Soccer column about Bradley's current situation. In that column I stated clearly that Bradley should be re-hired as U.S. national team manager, but he should also consider making a move to Europe in order to be a pioneer for future American coaches.

What did you think of Ferguson's comments? Are you a firm believer that Bradley should be replaced, or do you believe he's earned the right to keep his job for the next World Cup cycle?

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