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Swansea squad were driven 'mad' by Bob Bradley last season - Borja Baston

Adrian Healey and LAFC coach Bob Bradley look back to 1998, when Bradley led expansion side Chicago Fire to MLS Cup glory.
Bob Bradley enters the Heineken Boot Room to discuss his two decades of coaching around the world and his plans for LAFC.
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Los Angeles FC coach Bob Bradley explains why he wants the 2018 MLS expansion side to be representative of the city.

Bob Bradley drove the Swansea players "mad" during his time in charge of the club, according to striker Borja Baston.

Bradley, the former United States coach, became the first American to take over a team in the Premier League, but he lasted only 11 games as Swansea boss last season.

He was sacked by the club in December after picking up just eight points in the Premier League from a possible 33.

Borja, who joined Swansea from Atletico Madrid last year and departed on loan to Malaga this summer, says the club struggled under Bradley and it was the decision to dismiss him for Paul Clement that enabled them to stay up.

"I arrived with an arm injury that I had picked up at Atletico, and just when I was recovering I had a small problem with my quadriceps," he told AS. "I recovered from that and was able to play a couple of games, but then they [Swansea] fired the manager who had brought me in [Francesco Guidolin].

"It was difficult after that because the manager who came in [Bradley] drove the team mad. He made lots of changes and we didn't know what we were trying to do.

"In the end, with the arrival of Paul Clement, the team settled and we managed to stay up."

Bob Bradley's Swansea didn't improve, it only found new ways to lose.
Bob Bradley lasted just 11 games as Swansea boss.

Bradley was announced last week as the new manager of Los Angeles FC, the new MLS team that will start play in 2018, and he received high praise on Tuesday from his former national team charges Jozy Altidore and Tim Howard.

"I think he's beyond the right fit," Altidore told "I hope they're patient, LAFC, because I think he's a guy that can build something over the next decade that can be really special. In terms of experience, there's nobody better in American soccer.

"He's coached at every level now, knows exactly what it takes at each level to be successful. Just his know-how and experience, there's not many coaches that have that."

Howard added: "Bob's the right fit for a lot of teams. He's a brilliant coach. He's done this before with Chicago, I think it was 1998 was their inaugural season. He has coached big, big players [Hristo] Stoichkov and [Youri] Djorkaeff to name only two. LA seems to be that kind of team - glitz and glamor.

"There's going to be some big names, they're going to have those speed bumps that come in your first season and there's no better person to handle it than Bob Bradley."

Borja says he did not enjoy his time with Swansea last season after arriving for £15 million, but is looking forward to making an impression at Malaga.

"It was not what I had hoped for. I was really excited to go there after the seasons I had in Spain," he said. "I arrived as the most expensive signing in Swansea's history, and at no point did they give me the chance to show what I could do. Right now, I'm keen to feel important to a team again and have a good season."

He added: "I intend to give my all for Malaga, have a good season, and help the team finish as high as possible. That is my objective. I don't have more future aims, I think about the present."

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