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Aug 24, 2010

Bradley reiterates interest in vacant Villa job

USA coach Bob Bradley has confirmed his interest in the vacant Aston Villa role, but admitted he is yet to hear from the club.

Bradley guided the American national team to the World Cup, where they emerged winners of Group C, ahead of England, and was linked with the vacancy at Villa Park following Martin O'Neill's resignation.

Caretaker manager Kevin MacDonald is in temporary charge of the team, and guided the team to a 3-0 opening day victory over West Ham, but his chances of keeping the job on a permanent basis were dealt a blow after a 6-0 hammering at the hands of Newcastle on Sunday.

Former England manager Sven Goran Eriksson is also interested in the job, but Bradley is the favourite to take over. And although Bradley admits there has been no contact with Villa's American owner Randy Lerner, he admits he would be keen.

Bradley told Sky Sports News: "The possibility of working in the Premier League at some point would be a goal for sure. There has not been any contact. Everyone knows that for the moment Kevin MacDonald is the caretaker manager and the first step is for a decision to be made with him. He's a good man.

"I know a lot about Randy Lerner but I do not know him. We know him through his ownership with the Cleveland Browns and of course as chairman as Aston Villa. I would love to have a discussion and hear more. Aston Villa have done a very good job in terms of handling the situation.

"As a manager the first thing you always want to have is respect for other managers. I know the reputation Kevin MacDonald has within the club and first things first, [there needs to be a] decision in terms of his future.''

Asked why he is keen on the job, the American replied: "It begins with the desire at some point to work in the Premier League. I've had a chance to be around different clubs and see the way things go and it's the best league in the world.

"Aston Villa is a tremendous club. They have such a strong following, so that would be a club that I think anyone would have an interest in.''

For the moment, Bradley remains contracted to US Soccer. "The contract runs through the end of the year and it was always agreed following the World Cup both sides would take the time to assess the situation,'' he said. "There will be further discussions with US Soccer and we'll see what the future holds.

"Like so many others, I will continue to see what opportunities are out there. I feel I have the ability to work in Europe and it's something I'd like to do in my career. I'm excited about that possibility whenever it comes and wherever it comes."

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